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Gabriel Josipovici's 'The Cemetery in Barnes' Longlisted for Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019

Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

No Text We're delighted to announce that Gabriel Josipovici's The Cemetery in Barnes has been longlisted for the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize!

The Republic of Consciousness is the only arts organisation in the world that solely supports and promotes small presses dedicated to "hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose". In 2016, the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses was founded.

The shortlist will be announced on 2nd March at the University of East Anglia, as part of the Love Takes Risks Symposium.

The winner will be announced on March 28th at Foyles Charing Cross Road.

Gabriel Josipovici’s The Cemetery in Barnes is a short, intense novel that opens in elegiac mode, advances quietly towards something dark and disturbing, before ending with an eerie calm. Its three plots, relationships and time-scales are tightly woven into a single story; three voices – as in an opera by Monteverdi – provide the soundtrack, enhanced by a chorus of friends and acquaintances. The main voice is that of a translator who moves from London to Paris and then to Wales, the setting for an unexpected conflagration. The ending at once confirms and suspends the reader’s darkest intuitions.

The novel reaffirms Josipovici’s status as ‘one of the very best writers now at work in the English language, and a man whose writing, both in fiction and in critical studies, displays a unity of sensibility and intelligence and deep feeling difficult to overvalue at any time’ (Guardian). The book was also shortlisted for the 2018 Goldsmiths Prize.

Congratulations Gabriel!

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