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In the Fertile Land

Gabriel Josipovici

In the Fertile Land by Gabriel Josipovici
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ISBN: 978 0 856357 16 9
Imprint: Carcanet Fiction
Published: November 1988
220 x 140 x 12 mm
220 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • "Like tracing words that were very pale. Sometimes they were invisible. But I knew they were there. It was not that the page was blank. It was all there, but invisible....The book was already there. It was already written. I just had to help it become visible."
    In the Fertile Land includes 18 Short Stories and a novel- a decades work. Gabriel Josipovici explores arieties of distance and exile: mirrored rooms, absences, echoes-and the impulse to change. He captures the ways in which we perceive and interpret our own life stories, focusing on critical moments, on the hesitancy that stiffens into inertia, or the decision that breaks the spell. Josipovici comments on his sense of "not belonging to any one culture or any one country-even any one language." This restlessness is a rare freedom.
    Blessed with all the gifts: a lucid style (and) vast imaginative energy Times Literary Supplement
    Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to Britain. He read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating with a First in 1961. From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Sussex. He ... read more
    Praise for Gabriel Josipovici  'Concealed in this wry interview is an exhilarating "world tour" of music, and how it comes to be created. Music aficionados will recognise Infinity's central figure with delight; newcomers will learn all they need, and more, about an extraordinary composer, and the anguished musical era - the twentieth century - in which he lived and worked.'
    Judith Weir
     'Gabriel Josipovici is a deeply perceptive critic, always rewarding with a wide range of reference. The Singer on the Shore is a beautifully written and enjoyable book.'
    Dame Muriel Spark
     'A tour de force of straightfaced high-culture lunacy ... very funny, deeply serious, at once scathing about the sublime preposterousness of modernism and profoundly admiring of it. Infinity is that rare thing - a novel about a creative genius in whose artistry you are made to believe, and who, for all his monstrous egoism and crackpot theorising, you come to care about and finally applaud.'
    Howard Jacobson
     'A Doctor Faustus for our time. Like Thomas Mann's great novel, Infinity shows how a composer's times are reflected in the creative process of composing, and has the novel's structure itself parallel the composer's aesthetic. Books as insightful as these into the composer's world are rare indeed.'
    Jonathan Harvey
    'Josipovici is one of the UK's most distinguished and fearless writers... [Infinity] is a charming, sexy, modern and scholarly novel - an unusual mix but all the better for it.'
    Deborah Levy, Jewish Quarterly
    'Gabriel Josipovici's Infinity (Carcanet, £12.95) is a wondrous Mobius strip of a narrative that turns ideas of biography, memory and the making of art into a story that one reads with rapt attention, in one sitting.'
    Kirsty Gunn, Scotsman Books of the Year 2012
     'Gabriel Josipovici is a deeply perceptive critic, always rewarding with a wide range of reference. The Singer on the Shore is a beautifully written and enjoyable book.'
    Dame Muriel Spark
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