New Review of Ban en Banlieue in Chicago Review

New Review of Ban en Banlieue in Chicago Review

Bhanu Kapil’s latest book begins with an annotated list of its contents, although some of those contents are only present in the list itself. Even “annotated list” might be misleading—each item appears on its own page, and the annotations are not just glosses but impacted narratives of each component’s genesis or eventual excision. Part palinode, part overture, the table of contents for Ban en Banlieue reads like a draft for the work as a whole, with all the striking turns of thought, incident, and phrase that readers of Kapil’s work have grown to expect...What moves this book beyond both conceptualism and post-Language writing is that it conjoins its abandonment of agency with a drive to candidly represent the aesthetic community that occasioned it, and that it refuses to deracinate that community from the world it represents." --Steven Maye for Chicago Review