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La Macchina Morbida


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La Macchina Morbida (The Soft Machine) is a book written by William S.Burroughs, one of the main and most discussed author of the Beat Generation.

The book is very complex, it tells about a world between organic and inorganic where drugs represent the only “universal glue” which connects the human beings. Meanwhile the paranoia, present in the mind of the individuals as well as in the society, is the only language that allows the various characters to understand each other.
Burroughs has written this book with the “cut-up” technique, which consists in cutting the various parts of a text and then to recompose them in a casual order.

To realize my visual book, I’ve decided to make the reading “mechanic”, as well as the author used a mechanic writing method. To do this I’ve divided the chapters in separate papers, the format of the various papers changes according to the lenght of the chapter, but the size of the closed sheets is always the same.
Since the drugs are presented as an “universal glue”, I’ve decided to attach to every chapter an image representing a type of drug. I’ve ralized the images by myself, inspired by drugs seen under the microscope.

Politecnico di Milano
Bachelor Thesis / Mario Piazza 
September 2014




Thesis book about “La Macchina Morbida” BA thesis project. In this book I explain all the theories and case studies I’ve analyzed to design and develope my thesis project.












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