The White Review No. 20 features interviews with the Canadian poet, artist and bookmaker Anne Carson, the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, and artist Mounira Al Solh. Through the testimony of an ex-inmate, Felix Bazalgette considers state systems of control, dehumanisation, and imprisonment without trial, while J. S. Tennant describes life in Havana as Cuba adjusts to the normalisation of relations with the United States, the death of Fidel Castro and the influx of foreign investment. Tom McCarthy’s essay ‘The Wandering Bourgeois’ drifts through the history of twentieth-century art to consider how vanguard strategies of recording, mapping and marking are now embedded in digital culture. Alongside these essays, we are pleased to present poems by Nisha Ramayya and Heather Phillipson, who also contributes an exclusive new limited edition artwork. We also feature series of artworks by Nicolas Party and John Divola.
This issue is bookended by two new talents, Nicole Flattery and Kristen Gleason, winners of the UK Ireland and North American editions of The White Review Short Story Prize 2017. Between them we are pleased to publish a new story by the winner of the inaugural short story prize in 2013, Claire-Louise Bennett.