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Scenes from the Underground

Scenes from the Underground is a book by Gabriel Cholette, illustrated by Jacob Pyne and translated by Elina Taillon.

Gabriel Cholette, illustrated by Jacob Pyne and translated by Elina Taillon

On the left of the light-orange book cover, next to the title of the book, a drawing of a naked white person with short pixie hair puts on an orange sweater.

In Instagram-style vignettes that span Montreal, New York, and Berlin, our narrator — a doctoral student in medieval studies — leads us through the bathrooms and back rooms of clubs and raves as he explores the sex, drugs, and music that define queer nightlife.

Accompanied by Jacob Pyne's full-colour illustrations, which perfectly punctuate the narrator's occasional self-destructive melancholy, Scenes from the Underground delivers the fully uninhibited field notes of the club scene. (From House of Anansi Press)

Gabriel Cholette scours the New York, Berlin, and Montreal underground scenes for literary material. He is also finishing a thesis on the commercial imagination in medieval French literature.

Montreal artist Jacob Pyne explores themes of sexual identity, relationships, and anonymous sex from a queer perspective. 

Elina Tallion is a queer, neurodiverse writer, M.F.A. candidate in the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing program and the former managing editor at PRISM international magazine.

 

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