Anakana Schofield – Award Winning Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

Construction of reconstructing

The construction of this fascinated me more than the actual content. But the ambition that a novel would be  only an auditory world that we encounter in an interface — and we choose the sequence in which we want to hear it, if we so desire — was most alluring. (Or that it could be the primary introduction, a priming of and for the reader to continue to encounter the book in some other or later incarnation)

It offers possibilities that the static page cannot. For one thing the winding sentence may sit better in this form. The winding sentence heard and understood by the author but unable to perfectly translate its rhythm on rereading or reinterpreting. (That said whole new rhythms arrive instead, just as valid, if they’re embraced)

Maybe it is the hopping, wavering numbers on this particular page but there’s much more sense of floating in some kind of galaxy and planet loafing rather than the demands of stone to stone jump with no room or allowance for an ankle to slip and right itself and in that righting be amazed by the feel of muscles it never knew it had.

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