Consisting of anonymous e-mail messages sent by the author to an acclaimed visual artist over the course of a year, "Permission" is the record of an experiment: an attempt to forge a connection with a stranger through the writing of a book. Part meditation, part narrative, part essay, it is presented to its addressee as a gift that asks for no thanks or acknowledgement--but what can be given in words, and what received? "Permission" not only updates the "epistolary novel" by embracing the permissiveness we associate with digital communication, it opens a new literary frontier.
About the Author
S. D. Chrostowska is the author of Literature on Trial: The Emergence of Critical Discourse in Germany, Poland & Russia, 1700-1800. She is Assistant Professor of European Studies in the Department of Humanities at York University.