Loss, Longing, and the Bizarreries of Life 16:00 19th Mar / The Bookworm – Beijing

Touche Gafla - The World of the EndMartin John by Anakana Schofield

Ofir Touche GaflaAnakana Schofield USE THISGriffin Loynes

Ofir Touché Gafla, Anakana Schofield; moderated by Griffin Loynes

Loss and longing are themes that play prominently in the novels of both Ofir Touché Gafla and Anakana Schofield. In Gafla’s The World of the End, the protagonist kills himself in the hopes of finding his deceased wife in the Other World. In Schofield’s latest novel, the title character Martin John is a sex offender trying to make the best out of his devastating urges. Both authors write pointedly about desire, but also show how lives can be warped by obsession and want. Moderated by Griffin Loynes of International School of Beijing.

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About The World of the End:

“Stunning writing, hilarious, and brilliantly translated!” ―Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Thomas the Rhymer

“I’ve seldom read a book so strange and so assured. Gafla’s vivid characters, his matter-of-fact underworld, and his mysteriously interconnected mortal universe confront readers with the awkwardness, desperation, and humor of life and its many endings.” ―Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead

“The World of the End is a refreshing, original, and particularly, impressive work… The writer displays virtuosity in moving from a film-noir kind of novel to dealing with metaphysical issues regarding post-mortem life, then returning to an adventure story incorporating innumerable motifs from the world of science fiction. His most prominent ability is the philosophical depth he achieves without being over-smart or getting lost.” ―Time Out (Israel)

About Martin John:

“Deploying some serious literary gumption, Schofield’s frequently hilarious, and distinctly modernist, linguistic games are always gainfully employed in the uneasy, indelicate task of placing her reader nose to nose with the humanity of a sex offender — and a sex offender’s mother.”—Eimear McBride, The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“[A] frenetic, risk-taking novel … deliberately cryptic and bleakly funny.”The New Yorker

“It’s hard not to think of Lolita while reading Anakana Schofield’s Martin John… In the cadenced, hypnotic style of Gertrude Stein, Ms. Schofield renders [Martin John’s] consciousness through a kind of staccato anti-poetry … The result is a grotesquely memorable character pursued through his mazes of routines and obsessions and rationalizations.”Wall Street Journal

Via Amazon:

“From Anakana Schofield, the brilliant author of the bestselling Malarky, comes a darkly comic novel circuiting through the mind, motivations and preoccupations of a character many women have experienced but few have understood quite so well. The result confirms Schofield as one of the bravest and most innovative authors at work in English today.”

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