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Heart's Wings

Gabriel Josipovici

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ISBN: 978 1 847770 06 6
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Fiction
Published: October 2010
216 x 135 x 15 mm
112 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • There are no objects any more. There were never any objects. Now you know. Don’t look for me. By the time you read this I will be far away. You will never find me.



    Gabriel Josipovici’s stories play hide and seek with the reader. Whether they take place in a seedy London nightclub in the sixties, in a brothel in Hamburg during the First World War, in the fevered world of Shakespeare’s mind as he writes Twelfth Night or in that of the dying Borges as he dreams of Finland and the Kalevala, in an airport outside Berlin, in Bukovina in 1942... one thing is certain: you are never quite where you think you are and what is happening is never quite what you think is happening. No matter how short the story – and many are no more than two or three pages long – by the time you have finished reading you will have travelled an unimaginable distance, and will never be quite the same again.

    Heart’s Wings gathers twenty-three stories written over the last forty years.








    Contents

    Second Person Looking Out    
    Mobius the Stripper    
    The Bird Cage    
    Waiting    
    Fuga    
    Memories of a Mirrored Room in Hamburg    
    He    
    Brothers    
    Christmas    
    That Which Is Hidden Is That Which Is Shown; That     Which Is Shown Is That Which Is Hidden    
    A Changeable Report    
    Volume IV, pp. 167-69    
    Exile    
    Steps    
    In the Fertile Land    
    The Plot Against the Giant    
    A Modern Fairy Tale    
    Donne Undone    
    The Hand of God    
    Tegel    
    A Glass of Water    
    Love Across the Borders    
    The Two Lönnrots    
    He Contemplates a Photograph in a Newspaper    
    Heart’s Wings    

    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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