Release today at Actes Sud of an amazing book entitled: Pays de Sang.
The text is by Paul Auster, the photographs by Spencer Ostrander.
What makes the United States the most violent country in the Western world? To answer this question, Paul Auster traces centuries of firearm use and abuse, from the displacement of indigenous peoples to the enslavement of millions of men and women, to the gaping divide between pro and anti-guns, ending with the mass killings at the heart of the news. Punctuated with the haunting images of Spencer Ostrander, who photographed the sites of some 30 such killings across the United States, Blood Country presents a concise and rigorous examination of America at a crossroads and asks a question burning: what society do Americans want to live in?
Paul Auster, born in New Jersey, lives in Brooklyn. His work, now translated worldwide, is published in France by Actes Sud. It includes the New York Trilogy (1991), Leviathan (Médicis Foreign Prize 1993), more recently 4 3 2 1 (Inter Foreign Book Prize 2018) and Burning Boy (2021).
Spencer Ostrander, born in Seattle in 1984, is a photographer and has lived in New York for twenty years. He recently published two books in the United States: Long Live King Kobe and Times Square in the rain.
Pays de sang
Photographs by Spencer Ostrander
Texts by Paul Auster