The debut title from Hackney's Peninsula Press and it's a total knockout. Via the seemingly unlikely pairing of Barack Obama and Keanu Reeves, Harris' essay explores the forms of heroism embodied by both figures as a means of examining and embracing mixed-race masculine identity. The political and theoretical are seamlessly interwoven with examinations of popular culture and Harris' personal history and experiences to become an intimate and profound meditation on identity and the ways in which it can be reconfigured as a form of resistance.
The most rewarding non-fiction reads of the last few years have all arguably been those which defy easy categorisation, and Kate Briggs' genre-bending ode to literary translation comfortably resides amongst the best of them (perhaps most notably alongside Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts, with which it shares a direct dialogue). Pushing off from Briggs' work translating the late lectures of Roland Barthes, This Little Art luminously reveals the experience and history of the translator in literature via Helen Lowe-Porter’s translations of Thomas Mann, and André Gide's decades-long correspondence with his translator Dorothy Bussy. An essay, a monograph, a memoir, and yet also something greater than any one of these candidates, This Little Art vibrantly illuminates what it means to translate, to write, and to read.
Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions on September 20th 2017
Being a Writer: Advice, Musings, Essays and Experiences From the World's Greatest Authors is an inspiring anthology of hard-won practical advice from some of the world's greatest authors musing on the art of writing and how they came to define themselves as writers. Join its editors, the authors Helen Gordon and Travis Elborough, as they discuss the particular highs and lows of the writing life from the time of Samuel Johnson and Grub Street to the age of silicon roundabout and Lorrie Moore in twenty-first-century Wisconsin, the contributors range from the canon to contemporary, covering more than 250 years, and come from all over the world. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this stunning anthology explores the compulsion to write, with advice about the whole messy business of writing literature and what it takes to be a writer.