chapter  16
The Form of Resistance: Literary Narration and Contemporary Radical Political Experience
ByHRVOJE TUTEK
Pages 15

In 2013, as we find ourselves in the middle of another wave of popular protests arising globally with what seems a spontaneous ease, it is appropriate to begin by quoting from a recent article that frames this situation in a paradigmatic manner. The journal in which the article was published (ROAR Magazine: Reflections on a Revolution) describes itself somewhat poetically as “the online journal of the radical imagination that seeks to amplify the voice of our generation amid the clamorous cacophony of a rapidly changing world.” The article begins with a curiously symptomatic remark that reads like a back-cover blurb of a Thomas Pynchon novel: “What do a park in Istanbul, a baby in Sarajevo, a security chief in Sofia, a TV station in Athens and bus tickets in Sao Paulo have in common? However random the sequence may seem at first, a common theme runs through and connects all of them.” That much is certainly true, it does not take a very precise analytical instrument to notice there might be a common logic to these events. In fact, the global solidarity of the protesters-Turkish flags in Brazil, and vice versa-makes it plain to see.