LOTE - Twenty in 2020 (Paperback)Shola Von Reinhold (author)
Revolving around a young woman’s obsession with a black modernist poet eclipsed from history, Lote is a powerful inquiry into aesthetics and racism amidst the artful extravagance of the roaring twenties and beyond.
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2021
Lush and frothy, incisive and witty, Shola von Reinhold's decadent queer literary debut immerses readers in the pursuit of aesthetics and beauty, while interrogating the removal and obscurement of Black figures from history.
Solitary Mathilda has long been enamored with the 'Bright Young Things' of the 20s, and throughout her life, her attempts at reinvention have mirrored their extravagance and artfulness. After discovering a photograph of the forgotten Black modernist poet Hermia Druitt, who ran in the same circles as the Bright Young Things that she adores, Mathilda becomes transfixed and resolves to learn as much as she can about the mysterious figure. Her search brings her to a peculiar artists' residency in Dun, a small European town Hermia was known to have lived in during the 30s.
The artists' residency throws her deeper into a lattice of secrets and secret societies that takes hold of her aesthetic imagination, but will she be able to break the thrall of her Transfixions? From champagne theft and Black Modernisms, to art sabotage, alchemy and lotus-eating proto-luxury communist cults, Mathilda's journey through modes of aesthetic expression guides her to truth and the convoluted ways it is made and obscured.
Publisher: Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd
Number of pages: 472
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm
It's funny and weird and dazzlingly clever. - Alice Winn, The Guardian
a celebration of eccentric esprit - Houman Barekat, The Guardian
Lote is a magical, revolutionary piece of writing - FRIEZE
An inspirational, cutting, exquisitely written, multilevel excavation of forgotten Black lives and an Afro-queer celebration of art, aesthetics, literature, and society. - Paul Mendez, author of Rainbow Milk
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