An Exquisite CorpseMature

The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.
[ Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau. ]

Among Surrealist techniques exploiting the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words called the cadavre exquis (or an exquisite corpse). It was similar to an old parlor game called Consequences, played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution.

The technique got its name from results obtained in initial playing, "Le cadavre / exquis / boira / le vin / nouveau" (The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine).

We have played a variant here. 15 authors wrote short fragments of a story over 17 days. These fragments of prose hopefully reveal  the "unconscious reality in the personality of this group of talented writers", and certainly make for a really interesting read.

We then continued with a sequel, hoping to end the story. The sequel had 10 authors working for around 3 weeks. The final piece is now up.

Complete. 25 Chapters.

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