Lote

Lote

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Lush and frothy, incisive and witty, Shola von Reinhold’s decadent queer literary debut immerses readers in the pursuit of aesthetics and beauty, while interrogating the removal and obscurement of Black figures from history.

Solitary Mathilda has long been enamored with the ‘Bright Young Things’ of the 20s, and throughout her life, her attempts at reinvention have mirrored their extravagance and artfulness. After discovering a photograph of the forgotten Black modernist poet Hermia Druitt, who ran in the same circles as the Bright Young Things that she adores, Mathilda becomes transfixed and resolves to learn as much as she can about the mysterious figure. Her search brings her to a peculiar artists’ residency in Dun, a small European town Hermia was known to have lived in during the 30s. The artists’ residency throws her deeper into a lattice of secrets and secret societies that takes hold of her aesthetic imagination, but will she be able to break the thrall of her Transfixions?

From champagne theft and Black Modernisms, to art sabotage, alchemy and lotus-eating proto-luxury communist cults, Mathilda’s journey through modes of aesthetic expression guides her to truth and the convoluted ways it is made and obscured.

Title:Lote
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781913090111
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    Lote Reviews

  • Adina

    Now winner of the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize. It had to be one of the two from the longlist that I could not finish. Same as Booker International last year. I should probably quit following ...

  • Paul Fulcher

    Deserved winner of both the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize, one of the UK's newest and exciting prizes, and the James Tait Black Prize, it's oldest but equally interesting. Perhaps the most stri...

  • Jola

    ENAMOURED ENAMEL “The whole thing is very enticing and radical and… beautiful,” he said, as if trying the word out. “I haven’t said that for a very long time, Mathilda.” Hector's commen...

  • Katia N

    This book seems to be universally loved, so I allow myself a voice of decent and say that I found it relatively dull. It seems to aspire to be a postmodern playful intellectual novel introducing queer...

  • Hugh

    Winner of the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2021Another book I read thanks to its nomination for the Mookse group's best of 2020 poll, so thanks to Paul for nominating it. I enjoyed reading it and f...

  • anna marie

    this is one of the best books I've ever read!! patron saint of decadent queer Black anticapitalists!!! a love letter to pansies & modernists everywhere. deeply grateful this exists & a little jealous ...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Now winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Britain’s oldest continuous literary prize) as well as the Republic of Consciousness Prize (one of its newest). Attrib. By Eley Williams did the sa...

  • Morgan M. Page

    An exquisitely written, formally daring debut novel about Black British non-binary decadance. Shola von Reinhold's Lote is perhaps one of the best novels I have ever read. Mathilda is an Escapist, som...

  • Micah

    "Decolonial + Decadent"I think this book has really turned the idea of luxury into something that doesn't have to be shameful and capitalist. Van Reinhold is positing, it seems, that the baroque, deca...

  • Alwynne

    Shola von Reinhold’s debut sets a young woman Mathilda in pursuit of obscure artist Hermia Druitt. Mathilda’s one of the precariat, black and working-class, she lives hand to mouth, distracting he...