- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury UK (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747592713
- ISBN-13: 978-0747592716
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,342,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Tango with Barbara Strozzi Paperback – April 1, 2009
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'I urge anyone who thinks of arming or improving themselves with this year's Booker shortlist to tuck up instead with the collected works of Russell Hoban and a bottle of Glenfiddich. He is fun, shrewd, humane; and unique' Spectator 'Hoban is that rare bird: a writer whose voice is utterly his own. For my money, his wonderfully original novels will endure long after most current high flyers have hit the dust ... This is an eccentric, sharply observed, kind book. We need writers like Hoban' Salley Vickers, Independent 'My Tango With Barbara Strozzi is a haunting: exasperating, funny, sad and elegiac. Catch it before it disappears' Guardian 'A deceptively complex novel of ideas, about reality, identity and ontology, that is only masquerading as a sweetly simple boy meets girl story' Independent on Sunday
About the Author
Russell Hoban is the author of numerous novels, including Come Dance with Me, Linger Awhile, and Riddley Walker, as well as several classic children’s books, including The Mouse and his Child and the Frances series.
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He died 13 December 2011!
Although in the USA he may be best known, deservedly, to some extent, for children's picture-story books such as "Bedtime for Frances", starting with his first full-length novel "The Mouse and His Child" (faithfully filmed as a cartoon, and distressingly undervalued as a cartoon -- it ought to be rediscovered as a cult favourite by adults!), Hoban turned into a major adult writer, albeit often wildly eccentric.
The fact that he lived most of his last 30+ years in Britain, and was initially published by British publishers is no excuse for him not being highly valued in the USA.
His post-nuclear-apocalypse "Riddley Walker", written entirely in a striking invented post-bomb dialect -- the Huck-Finn-like Riddley's own speaking voice (!), was highly reviewed in "Time" magazine.
Maybe since then Hoban has slipped below USA radar.
GREATNESS ALERT! -- read Hoban!
John Gough -- Deakin University -- email@example.com