Fiery Words from FireCrest

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Welcome to an Impossible Experience

We’re delighted to be able to tell everyone that we’ve signed Jean Bonnin, a man who was once a political philosopher and an ‘underground’ musician. FireCrest will be releasing his novel A Certain Experience of the Impossible (ISBN 978-1-906174-07-1) in May.

We bumped into Jean at the Hay Festival a couple of years ago, and found ourselves chuckling immoderately at each other’s slightly off-beam take on the world about us. It turned out he was wondering if we might be interested in republishing any of his distinguished father’s highly original historical work. We weren’t, but we did discover that Papa Georges Bonnin was in the French resistance and only just escaped being executed by the Nazis, and on his deathbed insisted on teaching one of his nurses The Marseillaise; and he had a habit of wearing odd socks (which was endearing to us, as we do the same, if for a different reason). His last words – “Let’s have champagne and oysters in Arcachon!” – ought to be in any decent anthology of famous last utterances.

Somehow all this softened us up for the suggestion that we might care to read the first few chapters of Jean’s novel. Which we found irresistibly strange, and wanted to read the rest. Obviously we won’t give away the plot, but we will give our first reaction to it:

Has Harold Pinter bumped into long-lost occult wisdom in this novel?
Or has Jean Baudrillard met his fate at the hands of Dennis Wheatley?
Perhaps Paul Auster has been talking to the Third Policeman?

If you want to find out more, we’ll have the full blurb and an extract, and so on, on the website in a few days’ time.

By the way. The fey title is the non-explanation of deconstructionism given by its inventor, the afore-mentioned and egregious Jean Baudrillard. Readers may be assured that A Certain Experience is nothing so tacky as a deconstructionist novel, but a thoroughly layered psychological mystery. Baudrillard and his weird little po-mo tribe would probably hate it for being (a) lucidly written, (b) witty, and (c) comprehensible. In fact, it reminded us a bit of that fine film The Sixth Sense, because almost everything in it acquires a new meaning on second reading. So – a mystery in more senses than one, indeed.


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