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Sophie Calle: Double Game

Paul Auster, Sophie Calle

Author
Paul Auster, Sophie Calle
Publisher
Violette Editions
Published
2000
ISBN
9781900828284
Cover
Hardcover
Page Count
296
Color Images
85
BW Images
373

Double Game was the first major publication in English by French artist Sophie Calle, and her best-selling title to date. It takes the form of a double jeu, a 'double game', between the work of Sophie Calle and the fiction of Paul Auster. Published in 2007 a smaller hardback format, reprising all the qualities of the first edition, to coincide with the 52nd Venice Biennale, at which Calle represented France.

The story begins with Maria, the fictional character in Paul Auster's novel, Leviathan. Most of Maria's works are, in fact, based on those of Sophie Calle. The first section of Double Game takes us through the few original works by Maria that Sophie makes her own, presented both in their fictional context and illustrated by Calle's actual reproduction of them. In the second section, the story delves deeper into the crux of Calle's world, with a sequence of Calle's seminal narrative and abstract works in texts and images that were appropriated by Maria in Leviathan. The third section of Double Game takes the dialogue straight to Maria's original creator, Paul Auster, who in turn takes Calle as his subject, formulating for her the Gotham Handbook, which offers Personal Instructions for SC on How to Improve Life in New York City (Because she asked...).