Natasha Soobramanien

Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams are the authors of Genie and Paul and The Echo Chamber, respectively. They used to live in Edinburgh but now live in Brussels, across the park from one another, where they meet up every day for a walk.

  • Diego Garcia

    A Novel

    Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams

    Sad and funny and bitter and true, a novel about grief, discovering your own story, and trying to listen for those stories that are not yours to tell.

    Edinburgh 2014. Independence for Scotland, codependence for us!

    N. and L., two sad and stupid writers, one Scottish, one British-Mauritian, arrive in Edinburgh, trying to work out if what killed L.'s brother Daniel is also what is killing them, however softly. Every day they wake up and they don't know what they're going to get. What they want is to get to the library. What they want is to write their books. But instead they spend their days bickering: over whether or not it is going to rain, over whether or not it matters that bitcoin is tanking. Their nights are spent drinking pints, smoking tubes, eating Mauritian food, and reading books, some of them Daniel's, sometimes aloud to one another.

    Sad and funny and bitter and true, this collaborative autofiction, set in Edinburgh, London, and Brussels, is a novel about grief; about discovering your own story and about trying to listen for those stories that are not yours to tell; about books that can kill you, and books that can help you find a way to live. But in the end, this is both a novel about friendship, and a performance of it.

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  • The Drumhead

    The Drumhead

    Gerry Bibby and Natasha Soobramanien

    Artist Gerry Bibby's first publication is a work of fiction that expands on the use of text in his sculpture, performance, and image work. Evoking William Burroughs's The Wild Boys and Robert Walser's The Walk, these “language costumes” pay homage to an unruly tradition of radical and queer literary presences over the last century. Their captivating passages brim with wit, wry observation, and (occasional) disgust, offering viewers “ways out,” even if only while reading.

    Commissioned by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, The Drumhead follows a two-year collaboration with KUB Arena of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, The Showroom London, CCA Glasgow, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. The book immodestly distills these institutional encounters into a multipart narrative that delves into the lives and psyches of those in the service industry. Exhaustion and frustration besiege a set of characters and the architecture that barely contains them, all of which are cipher-like in their multiplicity (and duplicity).

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