Apsara Engine

Bishakh Som

Apsara Engine
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Apsara Engine

Bishakh Som

By turns fantastical & familiar, this graphic short fiction collection is immersed in questions of gender, the body, & existential conformity.

The eight delightfully eerie stories in Apsara Engine are a subtle intervention into everyday reality: a woman drowns herself in a past affair, a tourist chases another guest into an unforeseen past, and a non-binary academic researches postcolonial cartography. Imagining diverse futures and rewriting old mythologies, these comics delve into strange architectures, fetishism, and heartbreak.

Painted in rich sepia-toned watercolours, Apsara Engine is Bishakh Som’s highly anticipated debut work of fiction. Showcasing a series of fraught, darkly humorous, and seemingly alien worlds - which ring all too familiar - Som captures the weight of twenty-first-century life as we hurl ourselves forward into the unknown.

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