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Gabriel Josipovici

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 67 4
Imprint: Carcanet Fiction
Published: May 1998
215 x 135 x 13 mm
180 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Josipovici is able to relate ordinary human concerns to some of the most important intellectual issues of the twentieth century. There are few writers in England of whom this could be said.


    Times Literary Supplement

               
    -- What is Gabriel's new book about, says Joe.
    -- It is about families.
    -- Big families?
    -- Frail families, the knots that slip between parents and children, between husbands and wives, between lovers, says Freddy.
    -- Lovers aren't part of families, Dad.
    -- Sometimes they are. Sometimes they're what keep families together.
    -- Like grandparents? Like Uncle Simon?
    -- Not like grandparents. Certainly not like Uncle Simon.
    -- How does Gabriel write his new book?
    -- It's people talking, we just have to listen to what their voices say and what they don't say. Simple situations. Going to work, the weekend, the afternoon of furtive sex, the art exhibition. Daily situations. It's now, just like our now.
    -- Like our now?
    -- Yes, says Freddy. It's simple, and as resonant as a fairy tale, only it's about us and where we live.
    -- Will you read it to me?
    -- Tomorrow. It's late now, Freddy says. We'll start it tomorrow. Turn off the light.
    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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