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Nothing Ever Just Disappears: Seven Hidden Histories (Hardback)
  • Nothing Ever Just Disappears: Seven Hidden Histories (Hardback)

Nothing Ever Just Disappears: Seven Hidden Histories (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages
Published: 31/08/2023
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From E.M. Foster to James Baldwin, Hester’s illuminating volume traces seven remarkable life stories that illustrate how elemental queer imagination and sense of place have been in shaping the history and culture of the twentieth century.

At the turn of the century, in the shade of Cambridge's cloisters, a young E. M. Forster conceals his passion for other men, even as he daydreams about the sun-warmed bodies of ancient Greece. Under the dazzling lights of interwar Paris, Josephine Baker dances her way to fame and fortune and discovers sexual freedom backstage at the Folies Bergère. And on Jersey, in the darkest days of Nazi occupation, the transgressive surrealist Claude Cahun mounts an extraordinary resistance to save the island she loves, scattering hundreds of dissident artworks along its streets and shorelines.

Nothing Ever Just Disappears brings to life the stories of seven remarkable figures and illuminates the connections between where they lived, who they loved, and the art they created. It shows that a queer sense of place is central to the history of the twentieth century, and powerfully evokes how much is lost when queer spaces are forgotten.

From the lesbian London of the suffragettes to James Baldwin's home in Provence, to Jack Smith's New York, Kevin Killian's San Francisco and the Dungeness cottage of Derek Jarman, this is a thrilling new history and a celebration of freedom, survival and the hidden places of the imagination.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241528457
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 592 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm


'With originality and subtlety, Diarmuid Hester examines how the gay imagination deals with place and with displacement, allowing for mystery and a kind of magic.' - Colm Toibin

'Hester is a fizzingly brilliant writer.' - Robert Macfarlane

'Haunted and haunting - totally riveting' - Chris Kraus

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“Charming, honest and delicious”

I was drawn to this book for Claude Cahun and stayed for the rest! These hidden histories settle into that warm, familiar place in your heart through Hester’s honest, playful and intimate storytelling.

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