Sunday, October 23, 2005

Dr Banville & Mr Black

John Banville's publisher has revealed that the Booker-winning author is penning a series of thrillers under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. "He doesn't want people reading Quirke [the first Black novel] and looking for the same things they do in a Banville novel," Picador's Andrew Kidd said. "With this, his main intent is to entertain."

Scott wonders if this amounts to a tacit admission that Banville's intent in his literary fiction is to "bore use to tears. I'd hate to assume that anyone would read literary fiction for their enjoyment."

Touché.

Meanwhile, hard-boiled crime author James Ellroy has announced that for his next novel he will doing something rather different.

"It will be plotless - I'm so fuckin' over plots," Ellroy told reporters. "What I'm doing instead is a sombre meditation on memory, grief, and guilt, just teasing out the fuckin' strands of a character's inner life. It's about this guy - a former English professor, but you know, a real greasebag - who returns to his childhood village and slowly - and I'm doing this in long, sinuous sentences, real ornate, Nabokovian shit - slowly he unfolds the story of his own past, revealing all the shit he went through as a child. It was gonna be his mother got cut up or something, but I decided to go way out and have it be all, you know, emotional scarring and shit."

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