Anne Dressen

1 VIRGINIE DESPENTES, VERNON SUBUTEX TRILOGY (ÉDITIONS GRASSET) Virginie Despentes is one of the best and boldest living French writers, and among the only ones I can also find at every train-station newsstand. I wish Vernon Subutex, her trilogy whose volumes came out one by one during the past three years, would never end. The titular main character and his entourage are contemporary antiheroes in the best sense of the term. Despentes succeeds in emphasizing the obscurantism, social crisis, and loss of humanity of the current times, inventing a new version of Balzac’s La comédie humaine.

Cover of Virginie Despentes’s Vernon Subutex 2 (Éditions Grasset, 2015).

2 LEE LOZANO (MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA, MADRID; CURATED BY MANUEL BORJA-VILLEL AND TERESA VELÁZQUEZ) This retrospective revealed the mind-blowing, disturbing work of an artist who stands on high alongside Sturtevant and Carol Rama in my pantheon. In a ten-year span, she not only

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