by Genna de Bont

Fourth Estate, $29.99 pb, 377 pp, 9780732295745

Privacy is an elusive concept. As Jonathan Franzen notes in his essay ‘Imperial Bedroom’ (2002), it is defined by negativity – freedom from interference, from disturbance, from observation – but resists any positive explanation. Privacy, Genna de Bont’s second novel, explores this slippery idea and uses privacy’s nebulous existence to call into question its relationship with exhibitionism, surveillance, sex, and morality.

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Published in November 2013 no. 356

Rory Kennett-Lister

Rory Kennett-Lister is an Adelaide-based writer of criticism, fiction, and creative non-fiction. His work has been published by The Lifted Brow, Overland, and Collect Magazine, among others. He maintains a blog at where he writes on everything from typos to the links between socialism and the NBA.
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