Emilie Bickerton on Geneviève Nakach, 'Malaquais rebelle'. Biography of a world-wandering modernist writer. First published in NLR #84 (Nov–Dec 2013).
In the past two months, a right-wing acceleration of political processes took the name of “Brexit”; in parallel, and almost as a counterpart to this, in the past few weeks a different kind of politics emerged from the workplaces and the real-life of refugees struggles. The geography is these struggles is one defined by resistance to the violence of borders, controls, state-sponsored repression and business-oriented racism. Deliveroo, Byron Burgers, Calais, Ventimiglia, and Heathrow: a line connects those names, a new map of struggles materialising the inequality within and beyond Brexit.
In the winter of 1971-72 the economy of South West Africa (Namibia) was shutdown by a general strike of contract labourers challenged the economic system emplaced by Apartheid South Africa. The strike led to the scrapping of the contract system and is seen as a watershed moment, encouraging a rapid growth of opposition movements.