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Mortification: Writers’ Stories of their Public Shame Edited by Robin Robertson

Mortification: Writers’ Stories of their Public Shame
by Edited by Robin Robertson

Humiliation is not unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. Here are over 80 stories about the audience, the readers, the organisers, the venue and more.
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Humiliation is not, of course, unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. There is something about the conjunction of high-mindedness and low income that is inherently comic; something about the very idea of deeply private thoughts - carefully worked and honed into art over the years - being presented to a public audience of dubious strangers, that strays perilously close to tragedy. Here, in over 80 contributions, are stories about the writer's audience, the fellow readers, the organiser, the venue, the "hospitality", or the often-interminable journey there and back. Then there are the experiences of teaching and being taught, reviewing and being reviewed, of festivals and writers' retreats, symposia, signing sessions, literary parties and prizes, the trips abroad, with all the attendant joys of translation and, finally, the bright worlds of television and radio that can bring so many more people to share in your shame. These are the best stories: those told against the teller. And for the reader, apart from the sheer schadenfreude of it all, there is admiration too: for that acknowledgement of human frailty, of punctured pride, and also of the seeming absurdity of trying to bring private art into public space. There are contributions from, amongst others, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Louis de Bernieres, Rick Moody, Irvine Welsh, Margaret Drabble and Norman Mailer.

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Sku
GOR002250965
Title
Mortification: Writers’ Stories of their Public Shame
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Year published
Number of pages
304
ISBN 10
0007171374
ISBN 13
9780007171378
Prizes
N/A
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