for a future library
work explores the relation between reading and the prison, tracking the
circulation of books through the cell block. The legacy of prison literature
highlights the power of the book to support acts of resistance from within
the cell. The book is a vital medium for establishing contact to the outside,
as well as creating an alternative space for combating what it means to
be incarcerated. As various testaments reveal, reading books in prison
affords instances of temporary escape, where text envelopes the body in
an alternative reality, one separate from the hard edges of the prison.
The book can act as means for self-education, learning and rehabilitation
often at odds with the intensity of isolation.
at Neukölln prison,