“Read Haute Surveillance without the expectations of a normal book and feel satisfied.”
At Rowan University’s glassworks, Katlyn Slough has written an excellent review of Johannes Goransson’s Haute Surveillance (Tarpaulin Sky 2013).
[Göransson] places readers in his piecework of violence, sex, art and emotion, in short snapshots of unexplained events, and leaves them scrambling to find their way out. Readers get one companion, one true character: an unreliable, determined, and probably insane narrator, and the reader slowly realizes this world is the narrator’s own….
Read Haute Surveillance without the expectations of a normal book and feel satisfied. Instead of characterization, let the flow of images and brutal one-liners create a whole picture. Instead of plot, accept what Johannes Göransson presents as the narrator’s reality. Every line feels intentional, building on a feeling or an idea. The emotional impact from the world of one man focused on the merging of the grotesque, the beauty, and the stereotypes is worth every page.