I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte (colubra) wrote,
I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte
colubra

Literary self-referential literary references to other selves.

So I'm reading the new Booker Prize winner- The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst. I haven't read Hollinghurst since his second novel came out (which I found extremely disappointing, after the sheer assaultive beauty of The Swimming-Pool Library). While I was in London, the ex I spent an evening with mentioned that his old friend Alan had a new novel coming out that was going to be 'Awfully good, I've read some of the first draft'.
So a mutual friend says to me the novel is good; the Booker Prize committee say it's good. Okay, I pick it up, I start reading. It's quite charming- and apparently either Michael knows Alan better than he let on, or Michael and his circle of associates were the people that Alan wanted to lean on for writing a novel about the British aristos in my own age bracket. It's very very weird reading a novel by someone you've never met which has a character in it who is quite obviously a thinly-veiled portrait of someone you not-only-have-met-but-have-slept-with-regularly-enough-to-be-called-a-boyfriend. It's just damned weird, seeing Michael described through someone else's eyes.
And even weirder to read a novel by someone you don't know about people you do know when that novel kicks off with the main character flipping through a mid-80s book on the new Torys to look for the places where his landlord (a Tory MP) turns up.

I suffer from brain-hurty.
Subscribe

  • (no subject)

    So at the show I went to last night, I'm pretty sure that 1 of the 2 people I spotted who were older than me was the father of someone in the band…

  • (no subject)

    For those following along at home: someone was repeatedly shrieking at the top of his lungs, not 30' from my building, last I went out to smoke.…

  • Writer's Block: Free your mind

    I do. However, I think the answer to making this happen is roughly my approach to encouraging it: simply not voicing the racist bullshit that you…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 7 comments