English Seminar: Logistical Underworlds
Susan Zieger, University of California, Riverside
Logistical Underworlds: Cocaine, Capital, and the Nonfiction Novel
Logistics is the art and science of moving goods, information, and people to maximize profit. What are some of its literary genres and narrative techniques? Two recent “nonfiction novels,” Luca Rastello’s I am the Market (2010) and Roberto Saviano’s ZeroZeroZero (2013) play with genre, authorship, and anonymity to depict an underworld of cocaine smuggling reorganized around logistical principles. In this new underworld, Italian organized crime families, Colombian growers, and Mexican transporters all collaborate, wreaking violent death on their competitors’ rank-and-file employees. In this, they reflect and magnify the social relations of “legitimate” technocratic capital.
MECO Seminar Room S226
John Woolley Building (A20)
The University of Sydney