When environmental disaster strikes, binaries and certainties dissolve as members of two virtual reading groups reshape their lives, romances, and reality itself.
In the latest novel from Anna Moschovakis, two reading groups, Love and Anti-Love, convene digitally amidst political upheaval and undefined environmental catastrophe. Participation offers a prescient look at remote communication in a time of rupture: anonymous participants exchange fantasies and ruminations, and relationships develop and unravel. As the groups consider—or neglect—the syllabi, and connections between members deepen, a mentor in mediation disappears, a colleague known as “the capitalist” becomes a point of fixation, and “The News Reports” filter through in fragments. With incisive prose and surprising structural shifts, Participation forms an alluring vision of community, and a love story like no other.
Praise for Anna Moschovakis:
“Anna Moschovakis has done something remarkable.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“By turns funny, melancholic, and provocative, Anna’;s novel undoes and remakes the conventions of realist fiction through repetition and compression of time . . . It is ‘luminously ordinary’ in its progression, where profound shifts are as small as a postcard written or a hand touched.” —BOMB
“[A] carefully controlled, intelligent novel of ideas.” —Literary Hub
“Performance art in print.” —Publishers Weekly
Anna Moschovakis is the author of the novel Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love and of three books of poetry, most recently They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This. Her translation of David Diop’s At Night All Blood Is Black (Frêre d’âme) was awarded the 2020 International Booker Prize. Raised in Los Angeles, she has lived in New York since 1993 and currently makes her home in the Western Catskills.