By Renee Gladman
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
ISBN# 9781940696270 (5.5x8 144pp, paperback)
ISBN# 9781940696287 (5.5x8 144pp, limited edition hardcover)
A collection of linked essays concerned with the life and mind of the writer by one of the most original voices in contemporary literature. Each essay takes a day as its point of inquiry, observing the body as it moves through time, architecture, and space, gradually demanding a new logic and level of consciousness from the narrator and reader.
Gladman pushes up against the boundaries of narrative while nestling comfortably within it. Her prose is vivid, meandering, and acute…The book is a welcome addition to the tradition of experimental literature exploring the boundaries of genre, identity, and artistic expression.
Renee Gladman’s fiction defies easy categorization […] Here, Gladman turns her eye to the essay, focusing on questions of bodies and time.
Vol. 1 Brooklyn
Renee Gladman is one of the great hybridizers of contemporary letters. Calamities draws us into its own looking-glass world of language and time, the spaces of life happening and not happening all at once, and Gladman balances everything gracefully atop her sparse, nearly ambient prose. So rarely can syntax catch the heart off guard.
Jarrod Annis, Literary Hub
Within this book is a new way to contemplate, investigate, and map the mind and the surrounding space, internally and externally, as one writes about writing, speaks about writing, and about the relationships, cross-overs, and shape shifts from film to drawing to words to people.
Lauren Wallach, Book Court
Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, geographies, and syntaxes as they play out in the interstices of poetry and prose. She is the author of ten published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians, and Calamities, a collection of linked essays on writing and experience. Her first monograph of drawings, Prose Architectures, is forthcoming from Wave Books in 2017. She lives in New England with poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.
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