What if you write a book but only people from 2114 would be able to read it? That is what the Future Library project is doing.
Started by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, Future Library recruits a new writer each year to contribute a manuscript that will remain unpublished for up to 100 years. The work will be stored in a special library in Norway in a room built from the forest surrounding the library. 100 trees will be planted in the same place where the wood for the special room comes from. In 2114, the planted trees will be cut down and used to print the texts.
Kang is the latest author to contribute to the project. Famous authors such as Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell were among the first to add manuscripts.
Titled Dear Son, My Beloved, it is unknown what the manuscript was about, and we’re not supposed to know until 100 years from now. For Kang, the act of departing from her manuscript was deeply personal. In an interview with The Guardian, Kang describes saying goodbye to her work:
“It was like a wedding of my manuscript with this forest. Or a lullaby for a century-long sleep, softly touching the earth all the way,” she said. “So, this is time to say goodbye.”
The process of sealing away a manuscript for the project involves wrapping it in a white cloth and dragging it through the Norwegian forest. In Korea, a white cloth is traditionally used as either a gown for newborn babies or a robe worn at funerals.
It’s a shame that we won’t get to read this work for a long time. Would you let your manuscript be sealed away for such a long time?
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