Sunday, May 09, 2021

Seven top 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:
Valeria Luiselli, Sidewalks

Luiselli is searching for the grave of the poet Joseph Brodsky in the cemetery of San Michele in Venice. The book follows the roaming essayist on her search, moving from the graveyards of Venice to the “relingos,” forgotten lots, of Mexico City, and onward to New York, in apartments filled with memorabilia and relics. Reading Lusielli, I fell in love with the way her sharp thoughts meander along pathways and cities as they move between English, Spanish and, in a short essay exploring saudade, Portuguese. She offers a way into thinking about the private and public excavation of histories and places that is steeped in nostalgia and melancholy.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue