The “Nouveau Roman”: where to start?

The Nouveau Roman was a French Modernist literary movement of the 1950s whose antecedents were Joyce, Beckett and Proust. A common theme among the works produced by those writers grouped as nouveax romanistes were “discontinuity, rupture, difference and revolution”¹, and they defined themselves against “a dominant culture in thrall to a staid and anachronistic concept … Continue reading The “Nouveau Roman”: where to start?

My 2020 in Books

I read a frankly scary number of books last year. It’s the act of a philistine to say “this year I intend to read less”, and reading fewer – but longer – books doesn’t mask the issue that I spend an awful lot of my free time with my nose in a book. Which has … Continue reading My 2020 in Books

Carol Rhodes

“The places I find myself interested in are ones that service other places, like refineries, electricity generators, processing plants and waste areas. Generally they are hidden areas, one way or another.” The Scottish artist Carol Rhodes, who died in 2018, created a body of work that’s of interest to anyone involved in the crossover area … Continue reading Carol Rhodes

My 2019 in Books

I’ve often wondered how many books I read in a year. In 2019 I intend to find out. I’m including books I read to my son at his bedtime, but not (for instance) the little £1 Penguin mini-classics. (R) means a re-read. I re-read a lot. January 1. Oliver, Neil – The Story of the … Continue reading My 2019 in Books

Review: “Changing Track” by Michel Butor

Changing Track, described on the blurb as “at once experimental and engrossing”, was originally published by Calder Books in 1958 as “Second Thoughts” and has long been out of print in English. Alma Books have relaunched the Calder imprint1 with this, and other works from the Calder backlist are to follow later in the year. … Continue reading Review: “Changing Track” by Michel Butor