The Tame Animals of Saturn, by Adam Browne, is a sumptuously-illustrated compendium of fantastical animals inspired by the imagined extraterrestrial menagerie of nineteenth-century Christian mystic, Jakob Lorber.
Limited signed edition. A4 size, 46pp including internal colour.
“It’s a rare pleasure to come across a book this gnarly. The text is a scholarly yet transreal commentary on the imagined life story of someone who may or may not exist, very much like the author. No matter. The words are sparks from the flames that are the profuse illustrations. Elephants within your body cells, cities on a donkey’s back, a butterfly wing covered with eyes, a toothy head under your table. A full-on surrealist extravaganza, an art book like no other, a treasure.”
“The Tame Animals of Saturn is a brilliant, utterly unique piece of writing that transports you to not so much another place as another state of mind. Adam Browne takes the reader on a guided tour around a madman’s Saturn. Beasts of immense proportions move ponderously across the land and skies, and Saturnians—like Earthlings, only more efficient—float lightly through enormous houses grown from vast trees. A place you would think strange enough, even before a luminously bearded Thomas Edison joins the fray.”
—Review by Stephanie McLeay, in Aurealis issue 90
Interview: RMIT Blog Central interview of Adam Browne
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