Permanent Revolution

By Gail Scott

Permanent Revolution
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Permanent Revolution traces Gail Scott’s seminal investigation of prose experiment to the present, including a recreation of the iconic Spaces Like Stairs, in a collection relating the matter of writing in sentences to ongoing social upheaval. "Where there is no emergency ... Read more


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Permanent Revolution traces Gail Scott’s seminal investigation of prose experiment to the present, including a recreation of the iconic Spaces Like Stairs, in a collection relating the matter of writing in sentences to ongoing social upheaval. "Where there is no emergency there is likely no real experiment," she writes.
In conversation with other writers across the continent identified with current queer/feminist avant-garde trajectories, including l’écriture-au féminin moment in Québec, and queer continental new narrative, Permanent Revolution is an evolutionary snapshot of contemporaneous Fe-male ground-breaking prose fiction.
"A writer may do as she pleases with her epoch. Except ignore it," said Scott. With Permanent Revolution, the writer interrogates her era, twice. Belonging in the canon alongside Maggie Nelson, Lydia Davis and Renee Gladman, Gail Scott is an important feminist thinker of our time.

Gail Scott

Gail Scott is an experimental novelist. The Obituary (New York, Nightboat, 2012; Coach House, 2010), a ghost story set in a Montreal triplex, was a 2011 finalist for Le Grand Prix du Livre de la Ville de Montreal. Other novels include My Paris (Dalkey Archive), about a sad diarist in conversation with Gertrude Stein and Walter Benjamin in late 20th century Paris, Main Brides and Heroine. Spare Parts Plus 2 is a collection of stories and manifestoes. Essays are collected in Spaces Like Stairs and la theorie, un dimanche (translated as Sunday Theory from Belladonna, NY, 2013). Scott's translation of Michael Delisle's Le D'asarroi du matelot was shortlisted for the Governor General's award in 2001. Scott co-founded the critical French-language journal Spirale'(Montreal) and is co-editor of the New Narrative anthology: Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Toronto: Coach House, 2004). She is currently completing a memoir based in Lower Manhattan during the early Obama years. Gail currently lives in Montreal.

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