The NY Times announced its 10 Best Books of 2013 this morning, which signals the official start to the year-end wrap-up season. This year, as in the past, we’ll be sharing some of the books GAB booksellers read and loved in 2013. We cover a wide spectrum, from new to out-of-print to not yet released. Enjoy!
First up, our newest employee, Anna.
- Murder by Danielle Collobert (trans. Nathanaël) (Litmus Press, 2013)
First published in 1964 by Gallimard under the support of Raymond Queneau, Murder is a haunting and stark text written against the backdrop of the Algerian war. Tracing the contours of a habitual and indifferent violence embedded in the quotidian, Collobert’s radical minimalism is unsettling, her language strange and relentless. Characters remain nameless, scenes placeless, isolation is felt everywhere as inevitable. But the work remains deeply and viscerally political at every moment, and its urgencies are felt intimately: “One does not die alone, one is killed, by routine, by impossibility, following their inspiration. If all this time, I have spoken of murder, sometimes half camouflaged, it’s because of that, that way of killing.”
- Nilling by Lisa Robertson (Book Thug, 2012)
A brilliant collection essays. “On Noise, Pornography, The Codex, Melancholy, Lucretius, Folds, Cities, and Related Aporias.” Library archives, city soundscapes, marginalia, Nilling is a book about books, about reading as a deep and complex act. Reading becomes a way of thinking, a practice of openness and intimacy. The future becomes possible again. “As I read my self-consciousness is not only suspended, but temporarily abolished by the vertigo of another’s language. I am simply its conduit, its gutter. This is a pleasure.”
- LIES: A Journal of Materialist Feminism, Vol. 1 (AK Press, 2012)
A smart, critical, and vengeful intervention of radical feminism Emerging out of struggles within the strikes and occupations of 2011 and 2012, LIES is spearheaded by a feminist collective based out of Oakland, Baltimore, New York City, London, and Busan. Militant in its attacks of gender, capital, and the legacy of racism and transphobia that has plagued feminist organizing, patriarchy is never a singular relationship here. Poetry, personal essays, interviews, manifestos, and historical documents on care work, the politics of safety, communization theory, the Oaxacan women’s movement, Occupy Wall Street, plus a lot more.