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Photography-Embedded Literature 2000-2004: Bibliography

Here is my bibliography of works of fiction and poetry published in the years 2000-2004 containing embedded photographs.  You can see all of my other annual lists here.   I am always updating these lists as I learn of new books.  If you know of a book that I have not mentioned, please let me know in a comment.  This, along with my other lists of photo-embedded literature, can always be found under the pull-down menu “Photo-Embedded Literature” above.

Alva Am

Edward Carey.  Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City.  NY: Harcourt and London: Picador, 2003.  Sixteen photographs credited to Tom Langdon, all of a sculpture created for expressly for the novel.


Bernardo Carvalho.  Nove Noites.  Brazil: Editore Companhia das Letras, 2002.  Published in English as Nine Nights in 2007 by William Heinemann (London).


Brian Castro.  Shanghai Dancing.  Newcastle, Australia: Giramondo, 2003.  A multi-generational family story.  Contains forty-four uncredited photographs, mostly period snapshots and studio portraits from the early twentieth century.


David Charters.  At Bonus Time, No-one Can Hear You Scream.  London: Elliot & Charters, 2004.  The twenty-three photographs by Alice Rosenbaum use selective focus, reflections, unusual cropping, and other dramatic visual techniques to represent the novel’s alienating representation of the money-obsessed environment of London’s City.


Mark Z. Danielewski.  House of Leaves.  NY: Pantheon, 2000.  A novel about a photographer who moves into a house that seems to have different inner dimensions that outer ones.  Contains a number of unattributed photographs in the Appendices sections.


Michel Faber.  The One Hundred Ninety-Nine Steps.  Edinburgh: Canongate, 2001.  This, the true first edition, has eight color photographs credited to the author, Eva Youren, and Keith Wilson.  A woman joins an archaeological dig in an attempt to escape her nightmarish dreams, but finds herself trying to understand a historical mystery that arises there.  The photographs provide moody images of Whitby Abbey and other nearby sites where the novel takes place.  Later editions apparently do not include the photographs.


Mark Haddon.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.  Oxford: David Fickling Books and London: Jonathan Cape, 2003.  [Apparently a simultaneous release of first editions – one aimed at an adult readership, one for a young adult readership.]  Although the book includes a variety of images – mostly hand-drawn – there is one photograph of “the Cottingley Fairies,” a famous photographic hoax perpetuated by two young girls (Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths) in 1917, a photograph famously believed to be true by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Hodgson Hippolyte

Barbara Hodgson.  Hippolyte’s Island.  San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2001.  An illustrated novel about mysterious islands in the South Atlantic.  Many images, some photographic.

Hodgson Lives

Barbara Hodgson.  Lives of Shadows.  San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2004.   Many, many illustrations of all types, including historic photographs of Damascus.


Susan Howe.  The Midnight.  NY: New Directions, 2003.  Poems and texts.  Contains many photographs, credited to various sources and Peter Hare.  Here is a link to all of my posts on several books by Susan Howe.


Pawel Huelle.  Mercedes-Benz.  Crakow: Wydawnictwo/ZNAK, 2002.  This Polish-language novel is a paean to the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, written in the form of a series of letters to Hrabal as the author takes driving lessons in Gdansk.  Previous family-owned cars provide the structure for telling family stories that span much of twentieth-century Poland.  Contains seven vintage snapshots that appear to be of the author’s own family, along with one reproduction of a vintage Gevaert film advertisement. Published in English under the same title in 2005 by Serpent’s Tail (London).


Penny McCarthy.  Shadow Book.  London (?): Research Group for Artists Publications, 2004.  A book of tipped-in photographs, lists, footnotes, drawings, and other texts.


Lance Olsen.  Girl Imagined By Chance.  Normal, IL: FC2, 2002.  Twelve snapshots appear “taped” to the pages of the book at the beginning of each chapter and are central to this novel about representation. “Photographs created and manipulated by Andi and Lance Olsen.”

Scalapino Tango CoverLeslie Scalapino & Marina Adams.  The Tango.  NY: Granary Books.  Poetry with photographs credited to Scalapino and other artwork by Adams.  Here is a link to my posts on several books by Leslie Scalapino, including Tango.


W.G. Sebald.  AusterlitzMunich: Carl Hanser Verlag, 2001.  Contains numerous photographs.  Published in English under the same title in the same year by Hamish Hamilton (London).  Here is a link to all of my posts on Austerlitz.


Iain Sinclair.  Dining on Stones or, The Middle Ground.  London: Hamish Hamilton, 2004.  Contains six uncredited historic photographs.  Here is a link to all of my posts on several books by Iain Sinclair.


Iain Sinclair.  Landor’s Tower.  London: Granta, 2001.  Contains illustrations that are a combination of drawing and photography by Dave McKean.


Jindřich Štyrský.  Emilie přichází ke mně ve snu.  Torst, 2001.  Facsimile of the exceedingly rare 1933 edition of a text and erotic photomontages.  This facsimile edition contains a new Epilogue by Karol Srp, in Czech.  Published in English as Emilie Comes to Me in a Dream in 1997 by Ubu Gallery (New York).

Jonathan Tel.  Freud’s Alphabet.  London: Scribner.    With six photographs credited to the Freud Museum and the Imperial War Museum.  An American edition was published the same year by Counterpart (New York).  Here is a link to all of my posts on several books by Jonathan Tel.

One Comment Post a comment
  1. angela #

    Your post reminded me that I must search for House of Leaves at the used bookshop. Years ago when I worked in a bookstore, I remember I’d periodically go through it, trying to figure it out. Adding this Howe book to list to buy…many thanks!

    July 16, 2013

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