close to elsewhere
Stories of Translocation and Whimsy
close to elsewhere is a deconstructed family saga over three generations and two continents, where reality is mixed with the wish for such. The everyday life that constitutes the urgency of now is intersected with journeys in time and space to re-awaken flavours, smells and sensory impressions from elsewhere.
Title: close to elsewhere
Author: Joshua Kent Bookman
Genre: literary fiction
Thomi was living between geographies again. His mind wandered from the image of the city centre, following the pale brown buildings into a famous bookstore. It was painted a solid wood blue.
Every year he goes through this sequence to remind himself how he used to organize himself.
InClose to Elsewhere, Bookman borrows characters, narratives and feelings from existing pieces of literary fiction on migration and travelling. He is looking for the personal perspective and focuses on the human interaction with its immediate and distant environments. These fragments are syncreticised into contemporary life, where they instigate new meaning. The reader is reminded that migration is not a new phenomenon and that it affects also those that are comfortably travelling into the digital world.
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Joshua Kent Bookman (1990) is an American performer and writer, born and based in Boston, USA. His interest for Sweden stems from an unsuccessful attempt in moving here in 2018 and a personal project where he took on learning 20 different languages, including Swedish.
Bookman explores culture and place through sensory impressions: taste, smell and touch play a central role in his writings and environments. He is also inspired by hos own experiences of living and work in Italy and France, his travels in Europe and the different vocations he has tried.
close to elsewhere is Bookman’s first novel.
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