The Superrationals (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents)

December 6, 2020
The Superrationals (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents)

An erotic and darkly comic novel about femalefriendship, set at the intersection between counterculture and themultimillion-dollar art industry.Over the course of a few days in the fall of 2015, thesophisticated and awkward, wry and beautiful Mathilde upends hertidy world. She takes a short leave from her job at one of NewYork's leading auction houses and follows her best friend Gretchenon an impromptu trip to Paris. While there, she confronts her latemother's hidden life, attempts to rein in Gretchen's encounterswith an aloof and withholding sometime-boyfriend, and confronts thetraumatic loss of both her parents when she was a teenager.Reeling between New York, Paris, Munich London, and Berlin,The Superrationals is an erotic and darkly comic storyabout female friendship set at the intersection betweencounterculture and the multimillion-dollar art industry. Mathildetakes short, perceptive notes on artworks as a way to organize herown chaotic thoughts and life. Featuring a bitchy gossip choruswithin a larger carousel of voices, The Superrationalscoolly surveys the international art and media worlds whileexploring game theory, the uncanny, and psychoanalysis. Written inthe "Young Girl" tradition of Michelle Bernstein's All TheKing's Horses, Bernadette Corporation's ReenaSpaulings and Natasha Stagg's Surveys, TheSuperrationals confronts the complexity of building narrativein life and on the page and the instability that lies at the heartof everything.