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THE GREEN PAVILION

I started translating Genet’s poems, in a spirit of wilful inaccuracy, in Cambridge in 1974, and stopped four years later, in the winter of 1978, in a high-rise flat in Portugal. In 1980, I was teaching in northern Italy and … Continue reading

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La tua storia mi riguarda

I left my teaching job at Roma 3 University last autumn, after having worked there for almost thirty years. I started at the Faculty of Letters, but was moved to the university’s language centre, attended by students from all the … Continue reading

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SELFIES vs SELF

These days, to imagine a world in which you don’t exist is to imagine a world in which you have never been photographed. We’re so used to seeing ourselves, stabilised by selfies, profile photos, snapchat, looped snippets of movement on … Continue reading

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FIVE QUARTERS OF ROME

1. OSTIA I first came to Rome for Easter 1978. I travelled down from Turin with my boss, Sue, and my best friend, Charlie, in Sue’s Volkswagen Beetle. I sat in the back with Lucifero, Sue’s boxer, constantly scooping the … Continue reading

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Prodigal news

“Death hovers over this powerful novel.” I’m delighted to see a review of my novel Prodigal, due to be published in the United States on 12 January, in The Gay and Lesbian Review, and even more delighted that the reviewer, … Continue reading

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Hello again

It’s been far too long since I wrote anything here and I apologise to anyone who might have been wondering what I’ve been up to in the past year and a half. Briefly, like that of most people, my life … Continue reading

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By the way …

… my latest novel, Prodigal, was published yesterday and is now available from all the usual outlets, on and off-line. You can see what I have to say about it, and about loss and love, here. It’s been described as dark, … Continue reading

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Concrete and steel

The apartment we’re renting in the Landstrasse district of Vienna is more or less halfway between an immense drum-like tower and the Wittgenstein House. The tower forms part of a reinforced concrete fortress, which we can see looking left from … Continue reading

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Prodigal

My new novel Prodigal is published on 23 August. If you’d like to read the first chapter, learn a little more about the book or listen to me talking about it, try clicking here.

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Promotion

Two years ago I was at the Mantova Literary Festival to promote the Italian translation of The View from the Tower (Occasioni di Morte, published by Voland). I was talking with Marcello Fois, the Sardinian novelist and journalist Carlo Annese, … Continue reading

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