Max Porter is present
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Max Porter, the darling of English literature, will talk to Ruth Joos about the text he wrote for the Passa Porta Festival, the themes of mourning and loss in his work, and his latest book, The Death of Francis Bacon. Like its predecessors Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny, this book pushes the boundaries of what fiction can do.
Bookseller, editor, writer
Max Porter lives in Bath with his wife and children. After working as a bookseller and until recently as an editor at a publishing house, he has been a successful writer for about five years now. His debut novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, was nominated for the Goldsmiths Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. The follow-up, Lanny (soon to be adapted into a film starring Rachel Weisz), also exhibited an original narrative voice.
Death of a painter
For his latest book, Porter went back to one of his pet themes as an art historian: the life and work, or rather death and work, of the Irish-British expressionist painter Francis Bacon. In The Death of Francis Bacon, he crawls into the mind of the dying painter and gives voice to seven ‘written paintings’.
The new text that Porter wrote for the festival will also be discussed in the interview with journalist Ruth Joos. The text grew into a long poetic rant in which the author both praises and decries the human condition in times of Covid.
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