Telex From Cuba: An evening with Rachel Kushner

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I thought of the book suddenly as evidence of a seance that I had performed, because it's about this dead, lost world. I'm not advocating for that world in any way, but in order to reconjure it I had to commune with the dead in some way...

Following the hugely enjoyable launch event last year for The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner returned to the shop to mark the UK publication (by Vintage) of her first novel Telex From Cuba, set among the American expatriate community on the eve of Castro's revolution. Rachel was in conversation with Robert Collins, Deputy Editor of the Sunday Times and an early champion of The Flamethrowers. The pair explored the history of United Fruit Yellow, how best to throw a hand grenade, and the mysterious character of Rachel K...

PODCAST: Listen to this event below, or listen to Rachel discuss The Flamethrowers with Nina Power at the Bookshop last year here.