Goblin is a novel-in-progress which began as an investigation of adolescent speech, flirting with the impossibility of reflecting formative cultural experiences through translation – in this case, between Polish and English. The esoteric language of teenagers is strongly tied to a sense of place, and the sociocultural practices that populate it. The text cycles through an assortment of peer groups and communal situations – the scout troop, the classroom, the extended family, the friend group for playing outside. It is informed by memory as well as ongoing research into how we can be better at living alongside each other.
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