The Book

Named after a black material developed by Surrey NanoSystems, a material which absorbs up to 99.965% of visible light, Vantablack is a meditation on the physical properties of the colour black, on the black of grief, elegance, seriousness, formality, rebellion, darkness, death and sadness.

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Pages: 138
Dimensions: 5 x 8 inches
ISBN: 9781658543347
Cat No: DW-001-93
Imprint: Dostoyevsky Wannabe Originals
Publishing Model: Classic

The Author

Lee Rourke is the author of the short story collection Everyday, the novels The Canal, Vulgar Things, and Glitch, as well as the poetry collection Varroa Destructor. He is contributing editor at 3AM Magazine, and has written regularly for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, Bookforum, the Independent, and the New Statesman. He lives by the sea.


“Reading Vantablack I felt I’d found something I needed to read for a very long time. Something at the threshold of experience, beyond it, transcending it. To conceive of being disembodied, one has to first have a body; then one has to be able to conceptualise something beyond our singular subjectivity, which is impossible unless you are a poet, a philosopher, or a physicist. Something I always understood, and this book makes clear – black is not merely a colour, a concept or a substance but a terrifying lure. To be carried away so far by a piece of literature is an extraordinary achievement fully realised by the poet, and in turn, this reader. I experienced a recognition rarely felt – something indescribable – to find a word for that sensation is impossible – read this book.” —Melissa Lee-Houghton, author of Sunshine (Penned in the Margins, 2016)