2024 Political Fiction Book prize finalist


Justin Torres

Published by: Granta

A formal masterpiece, Blackouts creates its own zone beyond the story it tells: a redacted history of queer sexology via an intergenerational deathbed dialogue. This intricate collage of record and remembrance is held together by poetry, art, photography, and institutional documents, and hinges its political world-building on the pleasures to be had in this compilation. In exquisite prose, Torres shows how choosing another inheritance might alter a future that seems inexorable.


Lara Choksey, Orwell Prize for Political Fiction judge 2024