Shop > Artists' Books

Out of Stock

The Hanging on Union Square

H.T. Tsiang
Kaya Press
Artists' Books
13.5 × 19 × 1.9 cm

Originally self-published in 1935, H.T. Tsiang’s hallucinatory, quasi-experimental novel Hanging on Union Square explores leftist politics in Depression-era New York—an era of union busting and food lines—in an ambitious style that brilliantly blends Gertrude Stein’s playful language with the political satire of Carl Sandberg’s prose fables. It follows the peripatetic musings of a young man throughout a single day that takes him from a worker’s cafeteria to a world of dinner clubs and sexual exploitation in the highest echelons of society, and back again to the streets of Greenwich Village, where starving families rub shoulders with the recently evicted. Each chapter comprises a single hour of the day. Tsiang’s style combines satirical allegory with snatches of poetry, newspaper quotations, non-sequiturs and slogans, as well as elements of classical and contemporary Chinese literature. Adventurous and unclassifiable in its combination of avant-garde and proletarian concerns, Hanging on Union Square is a major rediscovery of a uniquely American voice.

  1. The Hanging on Union Square

Related Items

  1. Dis/location ll - projet d’articulation urbaine
  2. Pascal Gielen: No Culture, No Europe
  3. Dorothy Iannone: Censorship and the Irrepressible Drive Toward Love and Divinity
  4. Agnes Martin
  5. Veronica Gonzalez Peña: So Far From God
  6. Tony Oursler: The Influence Machine
  7. Muscle Panic Handbook
  8. Jimmy Limit: Farewell to Romance
  9. Jeremy Laing: Bed of Nails
  10. The Hidden Cameras: Hidden Cameras : Hand-Painted Buttons
  11. Becky Bayer: Give and Take
  12. Subculturcide: Amar y vivir en el Madrid de los 2010
  13. Aaron Flint Jamison: Cascades
  14. Stephen Gill: Hackney Wick
  15. David Batchelor: The October Colouring-In Book
  16. Ian Wallace: The First documenta, 1955
  17. Emily Jacir & Susan Buck-Morss
  18. György Lukács

Notes on Georg Simmel’s Lessons, 1906/07, and on a “Sociology of Art,“ c. 1909
  19. Erkki Kurenniemi
  20. William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison:

The Refusal of Time
  21. Christoph Menke: Aesthetics of Equality
  22. Jalal Toufic: Reading, Rewriting Poe’s “The Oval Portrait“
  23. G.M. Tamás: Innocent Power
  24. Paul Ryan: Two Is Not a Number

A Conversation with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
  25. Péter György: The Two Kassels:

Same Time, Another Space
  26. Kenneth Goldsmith: Letter to Bettina Funcke
  27. David Robbins: Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy
  28. Bernadette Corporation: The Complete Poem
  29. Angela Bulloch: Source Book 10
  30. Source Book 5 / 2008 Geoffrey Farmer
  31. David Benjamin Sherry: It’s Time
  32. Making Art Global, Part 1

The Third Havana Biennial 1989
  33. Image Counter Image
  34. Animal Spirits