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25 March 1993
Panegyric. Vol. I 
by Guy Debord, translated by James Brook.
Verso, 79 pp., £29.95, January 1993, 0 86091 347 3
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The Most Radical Gesture: The Situationist International in a Post-Modern Age 
by Sadie Plant.
Routledge, 226 pp., £40, May 1992, 0 415 06222 5
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... the world be judged by them. To go back even to the ambiguities and discontinuities of the Situationist critique itself, after Debord’s collage-writing, is to feel steady and clear, especially in SadiePlant’s hands. The Most Radical Gesture: The Situationist International in a Post-Modern Age is a precise explication of the Situationist attack on modern alienation, based mostly on Society of the ...

Life with Ms Cayenne Pepper

Jenny Turner: The Chthulucene

31 May 2017
Manifestly Haraway: ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’, ‘The Companion Species Manifesto’, Companions in Conversation (with Cary Wolfe) 
by Donna Haraway.
Minnesota, 300 pp., £15.95, April 2016, 978 0 8166 5048 4
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Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene 
by Donna Haraway.
Duke, 312 pp., £22.99, August 2016, 978 0 8223 6224 1
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... as clean-living products of the straight white lines of a peculiarly man-made world, Haraway’s text excited a wave of subversive female enthusiasm for the new networks and machines,’ as SadiePlant wrote in her 1997 rhapsody, Zeroes + Ones.More recently, ‘the manifesto of Donna Haraway’ was listed by Elena Ferrante as one of the three books that has most influenced her as a writer (the ...
8 March 1990
The Wimbledon Poisoner 
by Nigel Williams.
Faber, 307 pp., £12.99, March 1990, 0 571 14242 7
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The Other Occupant 
by Peter Benson.
Macmillan, 168 pp., £12.95, February 1990, 0 333 52509 4
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Possession 
by A.S. Byatt.
Chatto, 511 pp., £13.95, March 1990, 0 7011 3260 4
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... at me once, crossed her legs and closed her eyes’; when, shortly after his arrival in the country, he panics at the hoot of an owl, one of Marjorie’s cats ‘looked at me as if I was less than a plant’. Of course you know Greg can’t be as bad as this; soon the farm-girl, Sadie, is stroking his hair. ‘I’ll see you again,’ I said. ‘Maybe,’ she said, meaning ‘Good.’ I could see ...
4 May 1989
The Book of Evidence 
by John Banville.
Secker, 220 pp., £10.95, March 1989, 0 436 03267 8
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Carn 
by Patrick McCabe.
Aidan Ellis, 252 pp., £11.50, March 1989, 0 85628 180 8
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The Tryst 
by Michael Dibdin.
Faber, 168 pp., £10.99, April 1989, 0 571 15450 6
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Gerontius 
by James Hamilton-Paterson.
Macmillan, 264 pp., £12.95, March 1989, 0 333 45194 5
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... his memorial plaque, but Carn has lost its railway and might have sunk into dereliction had not James Cooney returned to his native place in the Fifties, to revive its fortunes with a meat-processing plant, a dance hall and a select tavern-cum-roadhouse. Thereafter Carn has done well enough. The lawn-mowers whirr regularly like gossips, the regular gossips loiter in the streets and shop doorways ...

Metaphysical Parenting

James Wood: Edward P. Jones

21 June 2007
All Aunt Hagar’s Children 
by Edward P. Jones.
Harper Perennial, 399 pp., £7.99, March 2007, 978 0 00 724083 8
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... Jones’s short stories, which could be called disappointed novellas, hovering as they do between twenty-five and forty or more pages in length. Jones likes to tell the story of a whole life, and to plant that life in a whole world. His new book offers the reader – or, certainly, the non-African-American reader – the old-fashioned opportunity to go prospecting in a relatively unfamiliar fictional ...

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