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IZABELLA SCOTT is an editor at The White Review.



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Shola von Reinhold’s ‘LOTE’

Book Review

September 2020

Izabella Scott

Book Review

September 2020

To read Shola von Reinhold’s ornate, multi-layered novel LOTE (2020) is to encounter a baroque mind. It tells the story of a queer Black...

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Art Review

November 2019

Actually, the Dead are Not Dead

Izabella Scott

Art Review

November 2019

During Bergen Assembly’s opening days, I am asked to attend a number of mock funerals, including one for a...

Presenting members of The White Review editorial team, esteemed contributors, and friends of the magazine on the books they’ve been reading in 2017       LUKE BROWN, author of My Biggest Lie   The most sensible thing in book culture this year was the overdue presence of Gwendoline Riley on the prizelists, for her fifth novel First Love (Granta) Written with poetic precision and black wit, this is a novel about the difficulty of loving and being loved, about the way the personal mythologies of our partners make us take strange shapes in their imagination There is a controlled rage at the heart of all her novels but here it erupts into scenes of marital argument that recall Roth’s My Life as a Man in their delicious nastiness Luke Kennard’s debut novel The Transition (Fourth Estate), set in the accelerating disaster of the near future, is based on a superb premise: what if the solution to the property crisis is to force insolvent millennials to move into the interior-designed Victorian homes of childless older couples who will mentor them on how to become useful members of society? Full of scenes of exquisite comedy, there is a howling sadness at the core of this book; as well as being a timely satire this is also a story about difficult love   I couldn’t work out why the praise was so unreserved for the book that won the Booker, an amusing pantomime lent gravity by a clever structure, and the manipulative use of a child’s death Colson Whitehead wrote the much better historical novel of the same period in The Underground Railroad (Fleet), making the novel of slavery feel fresh with an ingenious organising principle: what if the Underground Railroad was a literal railroad? The device allows for a compelling tour of the American experience under slavery as Cora, the novel’s heroine, flees north across the states of America Whitehead restrains his comic impulse here for a serious subject; the prose is laconic; the events are horrific       THOMAS BUNSTEAD, translator of Nocilla Dream   I went to a Cervantes event at the end of 2016 at King’s in London and made two discoveries: Declan Ryan read a poem

Contributor

September 2015

Izabella Scott

Contributor

September 2015

IZABELLA SCOTT is an editor at The White Review.


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Book Review

August 2019

Jordy Rosenberg’s ‘Confessions of the Fox’

Izabella Scott

Book Review

August 2019

It’s hot as fuck, said the friend who handed me Confessions of the Fox, a faux-memoir set in eighteenth-century...


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Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Echo Chamber

Art Review

November 2017

Izabella Scott

Art Review

November 2017

A lattice of diamonds and crosses, painted onto a 21-metre long wall at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, scatters my gaze. Artist Navine G....
Hot Rocks

feature

November 2016

Izabella Scott

feature

November 2016

‘We have received around 150 of them,’ Massimo Osanna tells me, as we peer into four small crates stuffed full of dusty freezer bags....
False shadows

Art

August 2016

Izabella Scott

Art

August 2016

The ‘beautiful disorder’ of the Forbidden City and the Yuanmingyuan (Garden of Perfection and Light) was first noted by the Jesuit painter Jean Denis...

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feature

May 2017

The Pilgrims

Rachel Aydt

feature

May 2017

ST. JOAN The great actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti stands trial for heresy, a woeful story told with her eyes...

poetry

May 2012

Monopoly (after Ashbery)

Sarah Howe

poetry

May 2012

I keep everything until the moment it’s needed. I am the glint in your bank manager’s eye. I never...

fiction

February 2014

Coral

R. B. Pillay

fiction

February 2014

Early one morning, you wake up with the smell of burnt sheets in your nose, the sheets that you...

 

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