TANK Good Reading!
In an era where fact and fiction are bedfellows, books are a necessity. It seems fitting, then, to dedicate this issue of TANK to the latest ideas – each in the form of a book – that, in one way or another, seek to shake up the hapless status quo and challenge the powers that be, whether through prose, photography or other literary disobediences.
Our selection committee joins us from three corners of the globe: Barbara Epler, the president of New Directions in New York, USA; Karthika V.K., the publisher of the Context imprint of Westland Books in Chennai, India; and Rémi Faucheux, the co-publisher of RVB Books, an independent fine-art publisher in Paris, France. Between them, they offer their harvest from the latest crop of publications, providing valuable intel on the internet’s secret military history, former activist spaces of the Lower East Side, Japanese convenience stores, jholawala economics and the inconsequential obsessions of a woman flying from Berlin to Paris.
Elsewhere in the issue, Ben Okri writes an empathetic portrait of Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 painting Tutu, which sold for £1.2 million last February. ‘Literature forces us to remain with a character, to imagine all their fears and doubts,’ says author and poet Fatima Bhutto, whose latest novel may be the antidote to #whitesplaining. Plus there are interviews with Olga Tokarczuk, Hilton Als, Daniel Trilling, Jesmyn Ward and Turner Prize-winner Lubaina Himid.
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