Planet 234

Helle Michelsen
Death Drives an Audi
by Kristian Bang Foss
Your Still Beating Heart
by Tyler Keevil
Rhedeg i Parys
by Llwyd Owen

by Kristian Bang Foss

Parthian, £10.00

Reviewing these particular books just now is an odd experience. Their main characters all try to solve their problems by taking to the road, the ever unwinding road. But the abrupt halting of travel by the pandemic unavoidably foregrounds a fictional element meant to be background. Is going on a journey simply a stock fictional device which has run into temporary trouble? Or is there more to it? What does it say about modern society that taking off is/was seen (not just by the authors, I’m sure) as the obvious solution to any personal crisis?

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