Double Game

ISBN: 1900828065
ISBN 13: 9781900828062
By: Sophie Calle Paul Auster

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I came across Sophie Calle completely unexpectedly when Shea'la drove us to Mass Moca to see her exhibit there. Now despite the fact that there were all sorts of big old Joseph Beuys and Mona Hatoum pieces up, and all sorts of other things I was (and I guess, for that matter, still am) wild about, I pretty much spent the entire afternoon looking at these photographs. I don't think I had spent that much time with a work at a museum/gallery since the big Robert Gober solo show at the LA MOCA with the waterfall staircase. Leslie and I also had the pleasure of finally seeing Double Blind, the video Calle made in the early 90s where she drives cross country with this guy she is trying to get to marry her, chronicling the lack of sex they are having and all their differences. Amazing.


This was my initial introduction to Sophie Calle. People who are into reading about other wacky people will get a kick out of this. The photos in this book give it a boost to stay on the coffee table and not to shelve it away.

Mindy Roth

What was once a larger, $365-dollar art book is now a much smaller, diary-sized hardcover. Sophie Calle responds to Paul Auster's character Maria, a version of herself he created in his novel Leviathan.


Conceptual art. Experiments in identity. My kinda stuff.

Julie Reid

what a wonderful concept for a book.

Kimberly Ann

This was a gift from my 2012 Birthday Club that I just got around to reading now. It's a beautiful edition of an interesting art project. I have mistakenly kept it shelved originally in fiction-- will have to find space for it on my non-fiction shelves! It's more of a well-documented art project inspired by fiction that was inspired by non-fiction than anything else.


Sophie Calle is a rock star to me. She is also a character in a Paul Auster novel (they are friends). Adore her work.


There's some cool shit in there for sure, but there's an air of snobbery or something I'm not super cool with too.


Fantastic result when an artist calls out another artist

Emily Kramer

This woman's great. She does weird stuff that only women can get away with and calls it Art. You try stealing a man's address book and following him around Paris while taking pictures of his every move. Ever had a random dude write you to say he needs to sleep in your bed in order to get over his ex-girlfriend? How about shipping him your bed across the world on loan, like our friend Sophie did? My personal fav is a die set in a ring box to replace a man who used to make decisions for her. A constant inspiration for unauthorized behavior.

Jeff McCall

This book really blurred the lines between literature, art, photography and espionage. It was expertly laid out and original.


curious so far...her life/art is my fantasy...something i'd never actually do, most people wouldn't but i find it amazing that she does. might inspire me to experiment...hmm




One of the best things about my day job is the library at the school where I work. No it is the best thing about my day job. All the books I want to read are there! So I went to the laundromat yesterday and began reading. I think the laundry is the perfect setting to discover this book. I read about Calle's adventures in Venice, following people, entering strangers lives, them entering yours...while I sit watching a man fold his tight-whiteys as I prepare to gently fold my not-fully-dry silk is perfect.


Sophie Calle influenced Paul Auster to create a character based on her bizarre brand of art/life performance (following/dressing strangers, . She then takes her Auster embellished character "Maria" to task- repeating her actions (like eating monochromatic meals) and sharing the documentation from the original and the fictional turned real in a scintillating format.

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