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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Relating to another

In A world about to be lost The Existence Machine has followed up a superb post on the work of Gabriel Josipovici with a response to On Trust: Art and the Temptations of Suspicion, in particular the chapter on Shakespeare.

These links remind me that I should have posted one to Ismo Santala's review of Josipovici's novel The Inventory nearly 40 years after its publication! But it's more than a review; it's a call to the act of creation.

For a more recent work, the first issue of The International Literary Quarterly has a very short piece He Contemplates a Photo in a Newspaper. Among many others, there's also work by Lydia Davis and Daniel Gunn.

Finally, news has arrived that a play by Peter Handke - an author I happen to know Josipovici admires - is scheduled for its British premiere: The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other from 1992 requires 25 actors to play 450 characters. Oh, and there's no dialogue. The director says:
The script is a long, beautifully written stage direction detailing life in a town. Handke's theory is that all stories are happening elsewhere. It's about how we don't relate to one another.


  1. The Handke play sounds fascinating. And I love that you got the news via Variety!

  2. richard, there is such a thing as Google Alerts! However, I got this story in a group email from Handke-expert Michael Roloff.

  3. Ha! Yeah, I figured it came from some indirect source...



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