Sunday book review – Lichens by Vincent Zonca (translated by Jody Gladding)

This is a very individual book, and I’m afraid it didn’t appeal much to this individual but that does not mean that it won’t appeal to you. So let me describe it.

There are four parts to this book; First Contacts; To Describe, Name, Represent; Ecopoetics: Life Force and Resistance; Towards a Symbiotic Way of Thought. Within each of those four parts there are around half a dozen sections, all with interesting and challenging titles such as Lichen Erotics, Music = Mushroom, ‘Sbarbarian’ Glowworm and The Politics of Lichen: at the Origins of Symbiosis.  I found many interesting things in these pages, but I usually felt a bit adrift in the world of John Cage’s 4’33”, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and a plethora of mostly European poets, musicians and artists.

I don’t think I’m the right person to sing this book’s praises, so click on the publisher’s link below to see what I couldn’t grasp in this book, that maybe you can.

The cover? Spot on and very attractive. I’d give it 9/10.

Lichens: toward a minimal resistance by Vincent Zonca (translated by Jody Gladding) is published by Polity Books.