It's a rare thing when a writer seems to succeed in carving out a totally new form, not least when they're ostensibly working in the realm of historical fiction! That is what Saunders has achieved however, and this, his first full-length work following four highly acclaimed collections of short stories, is one of the most exciting releases of 2017 so far. 'The Bardo' of the title is the metaphysical plane of Tibetan Buddhism where spirits are said to reside before they realise they have died, 'Lincoln' is Willie Lincoln, infant son of President Abraham, and Saunders' oral-history-novel-play floats largely outside comfortable description. One to be experienced as much as read.
The eagerly anticipated memoir from Cosey, whose work with COUM, Throbbing Gristle, Chris and Cosey, and Carter Tutti Void has been challenging the boundaries of performance and music for over four decades. Art Sex Music offers generous and intensely personal insights into her childhood in Hull, COUM's infamous 1976 ICA show, her work at the intersection of visual and performance art and the sex industry, the operation of Industrial Records from its twin Hackney headquarters on Martello Street and Beck Road, the 2004 Throbbing Gristle reunion, the expansion of her artistic methodology through the Cosey Complex event and book in 2010, and much more besides. An epic and indispensable history.
Published by Faber & Faber on April 6th, 2017
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