In Another World

In Another World

Notes 2014–2017

By Isabelle Graw

Translated by Daniel Spaulding

Blending memoir and social critique, elegantly written essays explore a world that feels different, from Brexit and Trump to #MeToo and the death of parents.

Distributed for Sternberg Press

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Blending memoir and social critique, elegantly written essays explore a world that feels different, from Brexit and Trump to #MeToo and the death of parents.

In this book, Isabelle Graw lays hold of all the experiences and thoughts that don't flow in her art-historical texts, merging memoir and social criticism in an original fashion. In elegantly written miniatures, Graw captures radical political, social, and cultural changes that occurred between 2014 and 2017, analyzing how these macro-shifts reach into her own life. She addresses topics ranging from the general turn to the political right, as seen in Brexit and Trump, to #MeToo, men with beards, and Balenciaga. While registering the symptoms of a world that clearly feels different, Graw also meditates on irretrievable personal losses. She describes how we find ourselves literally in another world after the death of our parents. With the theme of mourning as a leitmotif, In Another World is an attempt at exposing and analyzing painful emotions. Never before has Graw spoken to the reader as directly and openly as she does in these 159 notes.

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$29.95 T ISBN: 9783956795367 184 pp. | 4.5 in x 7 in

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Daniel Spaulding.

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  • Since Walter Benjamin, we have come to view the fragment as an eminently modern form of writing. Isabelle Graw's In Another World shows us why. In crisp and striking vignettes, this book shows how self-scrutiny and minute observation of the world intermesh and form the dense web of her analysis. This is a unique and original book, literary, psychological, and sociological all at once

    Eva Illouz

    author of The End of Love: A Sociology of Negative Relations

  • Writing in the aftermath of her parents' deaths, Isabelle Graw examines aspects of her  daily life with the same deft intelligence that she's brought to her studies of visual art and critical theory. These "notes" find Graw in midlife, an urban professional with a partner, an ex-husband, and a child, attempting to navigate a course between social obligations, inner voice, and creative necessity. Blindingly frank, she addresses the questions that envelop her days: work life, the arrival of refugees in Germany, art exhibitions and grief, electoral and family politics. In Another World is both a literary work and a philosophical experiment. Subtly, Graw reveals how impressions and beliefs arise out of circumstance.

    Chris Kraus

    author of Summer of Hate and Social Practices