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Experiments in Imagining Otherwise

Lola Olufemi

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Hajar Press
28 October 2021
ISBN: 9781914221057
Paperback
128 pages

From the publisher

‘An extraordinary book—written with compassion, fearlessness and determination to imagine a more equal world into being. A joy to read and to think with.’ — The New Statesman

‘Lola’s writing ... makes me embrace feeling like a dreamer.’ — Zoé Samudzi, co-author of As Black as Resistance

‘A balm that soothes the soul and eases the heart ... an open invitation through the portal ... into the otherwise.’ — Gail Lewis, co-founder of the Organisation for Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD)

‘Reading this book wrought magic in my spirit. I am floored! I am flying! … Here is some breath-giving medicine for this gasping historic moment. Here are some weapons for lovers, for feminists.’ — Sophie Lewis, author of Full Surrogacy Now

‘Reminds us once more: the light is within us!’ — Imani Robinson, writer and curator

‘I was blown away ... It’s rare to come across a voice so committed to challenging every convention ... with such generosity, clarity and freshness of tone.’ — Preti Taneja, author of We That Are Young

‘Alive with ideas, jokes, dreams, rage and wisdom.’ — Sita Balani, co-author of Empire’s Endgame

PRAISE FOR LOL A OLUFEMI:

‘Reading her is to believe that another world is possible.’ — Nesrine Malik, The Guardian

This is a book of failure and mistakes; it begins with what is stolen from us and proposes only an invitation to imagine.

In these playful written experiments, Lola Olufemi navigates the space between what is and what could be. Weaving together fragmentary reflections in prose and poetry, this is an exploration of the possibility of living differently, grounded in black feminist scholarship and political organising.

Olufemi shows that the horizon is not an immaterial state we gesture toward. Instead, propelled by the motion of thinking against and beyond, we must invent the future now and never let go of the otherwise.