Marienbad My Love the World's Longest Novel
"...a world that is both fascinating and terrifying, a place where language is stripped of its original emotion and meaning, leaving only a cold, electric horror behind."
FOR THE RECORD
Welcome to the world's largest "open source" novel. The original 2008 edition of the novel is available for free download at http://marienbadmylove.weebly.com/download-marienbad-my-love-2008.html . And the first six volumes of the 2013 edition are online at http://marienbadmylove.weebly.com/download-marienbad-my-love-2013.html . You are invited to copy, distribute and transmit this work, in whole or part. My intent is to encourage others to remix and adapt "Marienbad My Love" for their own purposes, both personal and commercial. To learn more about how you can make use of this free offer, click on the Creative Commons link below.
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Got some spare time? The world's longest novel is available as a free download! Coppell, TX writer Mark Leach has just published an expanded 12.6 million word edition of his apocalyptic novel Marienbad, My Love. It's nearly ten times longer than the official record-holding longest novel, Proust's In Search Of Lost Time, not to mention the previously longest science fiction novel, L. Ron Hubbard's Mission Earth. And Leach says he's just getting warmed up. How does he fill so much space?
Marienbad, My Love is the story of a film-maker who believes he's God, or that Jesus is talking to him, and he decides to make a science fiction movie that pays tribute to one of the world's worst films, Last Year At Marienbad, in order to end the world. The novel is peppered with David Lynch references as well as sections from a faux novel in the style of later Kurt Vonnegut. And "thrill-crazed space-bugs," the Cicadians (pictured above) show up, probably to assist in the metafictional destruction of the universe. Plus there's a giant UFO hanging over Earth, Nazi/alien collaborators, mind control, alien abductions, and a mad scientist who's adding a substance called Fluoride9 to the water to create the world's first privately owned deity.
Here's a quote from Leach's press release:
"If you're going to destroy the world, you really ought to do it big," Leach said. "When I released the first edition of "Marienbad My Love" in March, the original length of 2.5 million words seemed plenty long for a 21st century Apocalypse. But the ideas kept coming, and the story kept growing. Now I feel like I'm just getting warmed up."
Besides being crammed with weird ideas, Leach says Marienbad, My Love includes:
the world's longest word. Also called "the holy Jah," the 4.4-million-letter noun is a coinage of words from the world's faiths. It means "god within."
the world's longest sentence (3 million words).
the world's longest book title (6,700 words).
Who wants to be the first to read the whole thing and report back to us?
Anonymous comments from the blogosphere
Vomit … the world's largest Complete Waste of Time … lit fic wannabe with a tin ear … a lame attempt to attract attention … world's most unreadable novel … a stupid gimmick dressed up to look like a book … my eyes hurt with the awfulness that is this thing's plot … obtuse, pretentious, and unpopular… overly-long, self-indulgent ... I have no idea who's going to read this … Finnegans Wake has finally been dethroned ...The incoherent ramblings of an insane mind … I am not sure there is even a classification for this one … long stretches of surrealism, where we are in this character's head and not grounded in any recognizable reality...What was that?! Was this person using drugs or what? … I am so completely confused. I have no idea what's going on, what's real and what the narrator is imagining … It's terrible. ... NOTHING MORE THAN EGO MASTURBATION!
About the Author
Mark Leach (1961, Waco, United States) is an artist who mainly works with contemporary strategies. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, Leach formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages that explore new ideas in language ideologies, crowdsourcing and aggregate authorship.
Leach creates situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed.
His works feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies.
These ideas are on display in a variety of works, including the 17-million-word "Marienbad My Love," the world's longest novel. His book "Cutting Up Two Burroughs" has garnered attention on the Poetry Foundation's Harriet news blog (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2012/04/more-otherness-from-conceptual-literature/ ). Mark Leach currently lives and works in Texas.