Roman Letters / Evan Calder Williams


Roman Letters is a collection of urgent missives addressed to unnamed friends, written from Rome by American writer, theorist, and artist Evan Calder Williams. It is the second volume from Oslo Editions.

Initially intended to pick up the thread of ongoing conversations and debates, Roman Letters pursues theory by epistolary means, swerving through philosophy, travelogue, polemic, prose poem, speculative fiction and political reflection. Set against the backdrop of Berlusconi’s Italy and the ruins of late capitalism, Roman Letters traverses a landscape of its own design, passing from contingency to trains, dogs to wolves, tourists to partisans, graffiti to ashes, real estate to cities of the dead, ornament to bones, rage to swagger, and from pessimism to communism.

Edited by Alex Klein and Mark Owens

Designed by Mark Owens and Harsh Patel

Published by Oslo Editions, 2011

144 pages, 20 single color illustrations, 4.275 × 6.875 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9830773-1-2