by Olivia Laing
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Kathy is a writerKathy is to get marriedIt’s summer 2017 and the whole world is falling apart.From Tuscan hotel for the super-rich to a brexit, paralyzed UK, Kathy spends the first of the summer of her 40 years trying to adapt to make a commitment for life just as Atout is tweeting the world in a nuclear warBut it’s not just Kathy who’s changing.Political, social and natural, landscapes are all in dangerFascism is on the rise, the truth is dead, the planet and everything is acceleratingIs it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nearAnd how do you want to make art, not to mention a life, when a funny tweet could end it allOlivia Laing radically remakes the novel is a brilliant, funny and insistent, raw account of love in the apocalypseA Farewell to Berlin for the 21st Century, Crudo real-time graphics of what life was like and love in the dreadful summer of 2017, in the perspective of a phobic engagement dedicated to the artist who may or may not be Kathy Acker
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