Fiction. Art by Darko Dragičević. When first published THE READYMADES won universal acclaim by those who managed to acquire a copy, being dubbed one of "the best Irish novels of the last decade." It tells the story of a collection of friends who took part in the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990s, before going on to become celebrated artists. It recounts their loves, their struggles and the weight of history as they blaze a trail across Europe. Its publication came with a number of interventions in the world by The LGB Group, the art group Holten created in the novel, with work created in collaboration with Serbian artist Darko Dragičević.Having mostly existed as an extended fiction project within the contemporary art world, THE READYMADES received less attention and readership in the literary world than it deserved, leading Rob Doyle to declare, "One of the most remarkable novels of recent years, THE READYMADES has been read by relatively few people." Its republication sees a novel whose story and characters take on the very forces so pertinent today: the reemergence of nationalism, civil war, refugees and the need for art to challenge any and all prejudices and preconceived notions of what it means to be an individual.
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John Holten is a novelist, artist and occasional curator. His first novel The Readymades was published in 2011 by Broken Dimanche Press, which he co-founded in Berlin in 2009. It was followed up by the novel Oslo, Norway in 2015. Holten has collaborated with many visual artists on texts and publications in recent years. He has been awarded Literature Bursaries from Arts Council of Ireland, most recently in 2017.Darko Dragičević is a Serbian artist.Author City: BERLIN GER