antiAtlas #2, 2021 : On Countries and Hotels, Disassembling Narratives of Time and Place

Written by Beatrice Bottomley, and published into the antiAtlas Journal #2 this article focuses on a collection of short stories by the Palestinian writer Raji Bathish: On Countries and Hotels (2007). The stories take place in hotel rooms that are marked by the strong presence of media, or means of communication, allowing for a disassembling of linear time and place. To what extent does this enable the text to produce a space of movement? And what is the potential of such a space?

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Beatrice Bottomley is a doctoral candidate at the Warburg Institute, University of London, supported by a studentship from the London Arts & Humanities Partnership. Her research interrogates the relationship between language and philosophy.