Lemonade xeverything was so infinite.

'Limonade xes war alles so grenzenlos.' was one of Franz Kafka's last sentences in his Aus den Gesprächsblättern published in Briefe 1902–1924. Hélène Cixous, who repeatedly wrote about this sentence, translated it as 'Limonade xtout était si infini.'. This is translated in the english version of the Hélène Cixous Reader as 'Lemonade xeverything was so infinite'.

Cixous's translation of Kafka's sentence 'Lemonade xeverything was so infinite.' forms the basis of a series of seven titles written by seven different writers / artists – David Berridge, Julia Calver, Emma Cocker, Rachel Lois Clapham, Marit Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood and Mary Paterson.

Each title explores one of the seven segments of this sentence – 'Lemonade', 'x', 'everything', 'was', 'so', 'infinite', '.'.

This form of publishing does not only aim to investigate Cixous's translation of the sentence, but also intends to explore the grammatical connection of the different elements within the sentence, the possible interconnectivity / collaboration of the different voices, the words in their own grammatically disconnected function etc ...

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Lemonade xeverything was so infinite.
David Berridge, Julia Calver, Emma Cocker, Marit Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood, Mary Paterson and Rachel Lois Clapham

LemonMelon 2015 | £20 | Softback | (tbc) | 29 x 21 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 16 1

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Lemonade
David Berridge

LemonMelon 2011 | £5 | Softback | 62pp | 29 x 21 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 02 4

Stein had oranges, Ponge blackberries, Lawrence sorb-apples and pomegranates, and Lorca a Garden of the Lunar Grapefruits. But where is the lemon in all this, either as fruit, a way of understanding writing, or as lemonade ‘cloud & clear & fizzy / limonade ramune nimbu paani schweppes.’ This publication seeks answers. Or, as Kafka put it, ‘a man cannot die and drink.’

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Julia Calver

LemonMelon 2011 | £5 | Softback | 32pp | 29 x 21 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 03 1

At the heart of Kafka's small, syntactically ambiguous space is an object called out –
With resounding retroactive force his pause brings the object to speech.
Here is writing invested in this moment.

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everything
Marit Münzberg

LemonMelon 2012 | £5 | Softback | 29 x 21 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 04 8

Hovering between anything and nothing, everything is/was or will be – perhaps.

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was
Tamarin Norwood

LemonMelon 2012 | £5 | Softback | 29 x 21 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 05 5

Like the kindly treatment of cut flowers, the word ‘was’ writes from death outwards, restoring the past to the present.

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so
Mary Paterson

LemonMelon 2015 | £5 | Softback | 29 x 21 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 06 2

So. It is a turning point. So it lies in waiting, so it mediates between other people’s stories. So it asserts the character of reading. So it lets slip words, letters, so the order of things. So it infiltrates the marks of the translator. So it turns its sad head slowly. So it starts in the middle.

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infinite
Emma Cocker

LemonMelon 2015 | £5 | Softback | 29 x 21 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 07 9

There are thousands of books in the British Library whose title refers to the act of searching. There are at least as many books referring to loss. The infinite cycle of searching and losing, losing and searching, might be conceived from two different perspectives: (from left-to-right) in Sisyphean terms, akin to the rolling of a rock to the top of the hill only to roll back down again, or else (from right-to-left) as a model of Penelopian labour, like the endless unraveling of a weave such that by morning the task can begin afresh.

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.
Rachel Lois Clapham

LemonMelon 2015 | £5 | Softback | 29 x 21 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 08 6

This publication addresses the poetics of the full stop; the fullness and potential of a full stop in relation to its succinct, indivisible and final nature, and the particular choreography it lends to a text (especially Kafka's text) as breath, abbreviation, prompt or literally 'it'. The text includes a series of painterly full-page punctuation works.  

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