Sunday, May 9, 2021

Seven books that redefine the modern flâneuse

Kavita Bedford is an Australian-Indian writer with a background in journalism, anthropology and literature.

Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Guardian and she was a recent Churchill Fellow exploring migrant narratives. She works and teaches in Sydney in media and global studies.

Friends and Dark Shapes is her first novel.

At LitHub Bedford tagged seven books that by their very nature question the subgenre of the flâneur novel, including:
Bryan Washington, Lot

This honest, punchy writing from Washington serves as a wake-up call. Lot showed me that the pace of the sauntering flâneur must change depending on the needs of who is doing the narrating and that it is possible to write about cities with a brutal immediacy. Washington explores the temporary, uncertain existences of those who live in the margins of different districts in Houston. He offers queer perspectives on place and what makes a community, a family, and a life.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue