Eterna Cadencia, an Argentinian publishing house, has printed its anthology of new Latin American fiction using special ink which fades after two months' time. The anthology, called El Libro que No Puede Esperar (The Book That Can't Wait), starts out in a sealed package, and the ink starts its eight-week fade the moment you open it.
The goal is to urge you to read and finish the book quickly, before it turns into just another notebook (although I can't help also seeing it as a potent metaphor for the anonymity which inevitably submerges new writers as soon as they appear). Interesting fact: A book like this un-rereadable!
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