Bombay Gin micro-review of Johannes Göransson’s Haute Surveillance

 

haute-cover-fcsNot sure how we missed this when it came out, but Bombay Gin was kind enough to run a great little review, written by Ella Longpre, of Johannes Göransson’s Haute Surveillance (Tarpaulin Sky 2013).

Here’s a snippet:

Johannes Göransson’s Haute Surveillance is a textual representation of the horrific and luminous spectacle of a post-modern condition defined by unavoidable participation in (and often a voluntary surrender to) a global war economy. The multi-genre work (a novel in dialogue with prose poetry and punctuated by epistolary and dramatic interludes) embodies a term coined in its own narrative, “atrocity kitsch,” inhabiting bathtubs, war prisons, and a Shining Mansion on the Hill (a dream-like conflation of the White House and the hotel from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining)…. This is an American and post-modern novel because American post-modernity is the only existing site where a female soldier, stationed at a war prison, who gleefully photographs horrific, torturous acts and brutalized bodies, can occupy the same imaginary and publicized space as a Hollywood “starlet.” …

Read the rest.