Early in the week, I mentioned Tom McCarthy (of the International Necronautical Society) whose first novel Remainder (Metronome Press) is getting very good notices (and that includeds an extremely positive review in the TLS this week [not online]).
It is the turn of the new millenium and London has transformed into a spiralling black hole of displaced lives and speculative real estate. In this mysterious novel written by British artist Tom Gidley, we follow the story of two men inexorably drawn to the darker dimensions of the city, battling between personal success, distraught relationships, and the breakdown of urban life. In this tautly written tale that glides between these parallel existences, we witness the increasingly dysfunctional patterns of everyday life in the capital colliding with the callous opportunism of late capitalism.
Later today, Mr McCarthy will give a talk tomorrow at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver where he and Rod Dickinson will discuss their Greenwich Degree Zero exhibition (this via 3:AM).