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LONDON'S BURNING SEASON: ‘London Rent Strikes: Damnificados”

Novelist JJ Amaworo Wilson joins student rent activists UCL Cut the Rent and Goldsmiths Cut the Rent for a conversation on housing activism and struggles in London.


Housmans are delighted to welcome JJ Amaworo Wilson, author of Damnificados in conversation with activists from UCL Cut the Rent and Goldsmiths Cut the Rent campaigns for a conversation on housing activism and struggles in London.

Wilson’s novel Damnificados is loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, the Tower of David. In this fictional version, six hundred “damnificados”—vagabonds and misfits—take over an abandoned urban tower and set up a community complete with schools, stores, beauty salons, bakeries, and a rag-tag defensive militia. Their always heroic (and often hilarious) struggle for survival and dignity pits them against corrupt police, the brutal military, and the tyrannical “owners.”

This event is part of Housmans London’s Burning season.

Reviews

“Should be read by every politician and rich bastard and then force-fed to them—literally, page by page.”—Jimmy Santiago Baca, author of A Place to Stand

“Two-headed beasts, biblical floods, dragonflies to the rescue—magical realism threads through this authentic and compelling struggle of men and women—the damnificados—to make a home for themselves against all odds. Into this modern, urban, politically familiar landscape of the ‘have-nots’ versus the ‘haves,’ Amaworo Wilson introduces archetypes of hope and redemption that are also deeply familiar—true love, vision quests, the hero’s journey, even the remote possibility of a happy ending. These characters, this place, this dream will stay with you long after you’ve put this book down.”—Sharman Apt Russell, author of Hunger

“Only a rare and special talent can take contemporary realities—sad, joyful, infuriating, inspiring—and spin them into legend. In a narrative rich in danger, adventure, humor, romance, and risk, JJ Amaworo Wilson raises essential questions without succumbing to earnestness or didacticism.”—Diane Lefer, author of Confessions of a Carnivore

About the Participants

JJ Amaworo Wilson is a German-born, British-educated debut novelist. Based in the U.S., he has lived in 9 countries and visited 60. He is a prizewinning author of over 20 books about language and language learning. Damnificados is his first major fiction work. His short fiction has been published by Penguin, Johns Hopkins University Press, and myriad literary magazines in England and the U.S.

UCL Cut the Rent and Goldsmiths Cut the Rent are campaigns demanding affordable living for university students in London.


Speaker(s):

JJ Amoworo Wilson | talks

 

Date and Time:

7 July 2016 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London
N1 9DX
020 7837 4473
http://www.housmans.com/

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Nearest tube: King's Cross

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