Troubador The Book of It

Released: 04/01/2010

ISBN: 9781848762343

Format: Paperback

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The Book of It


Written in all humbility, The Book of It is a marvellous, psilosophical piece of serious nonsense, written for your pleasure in the innovative tradition of Tristram Shandy, the 250th Anniversary of which it commemorates.

The narrative of the book is a tragic-comic account of a modern man who has sadly lost it altogether. Unsure of who or what it is that he has lost, in the company of an unforgettable cast of idiosyncratic characters with whom he shares many trials, he makes a remarkable journey into the unknown realm of terra incognita.

As the quest for it continues through dominant institutions of contemporary life, the discerning reader is left to judge whether or not he succeeds. Drawing on sources as diverse as the scatology of Rabelais and the theory of fetishism in Marx and Freud, the book particularly plays on the aestheticisation of faesces as a commodity-form in modern art to satirize the latter’s role in the enocomics and potilics of global capitalism.

The thread of this wondrous yarn unravels through a whole range of arts and sciences, ultimately to provide a unified poetic Theory of Everything, from the smallest particle of matter to the Multiverse, including what has really lain beneath the Psilosopher’s Stone for over 2000 years and hence the very Meaning of Life!

The Book of It is superb, a poem, a song, a meditation, an aria, a burst of light, a streak of verbal incandescence, at once Shandian, Swiftian, Beckettian, Joycean, and McGrealian. I am also reminded of the verbal pyrotechnics of Flann O'Brien, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and Oscar Wilde.

by M. G. Stephens

John  McGreal

John McGreal was born in 1945. He lives in South London. He is divorced with a daughter, Frances.

His writing has emerged out of his practice as a visual artist, which has

always included an interest in use of text. This focus on spacial aspects of language was exemplified in his first solo art show, How Is It?, an exhibition of prints in July, 2006 at The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, London to commemorate the centenary of Samuel Becket. As an artist he has worked as a Visiting Tutor at Camberwell College of Art since gaining a Distinction in MA Book Arts there (2002)and a First in BA Fine Art at Central St Martin's School of Art (2001).

His interest in writing the silent voice and internal monologue also emerged from the experience prior to that in the Eighties and Nineties, when he practiced as a psychiatric and addiction counsellor - and then as a psychoanalytic counsellor, getting a Distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Counselling at Goldsmith's College, London (1992).

His attention to detail in punctuation and the inner spacial workings of written language has stemmed too from the time in the Seventies when he worked as a free-lance translator for Routledge and Kegan Paul and The Harvester Press.

He has always retained an interest in the social context of writing since working in the early Seventies and late Sixties as an academic sociologist at The Open University, The London School of Economics and Leicester University where he got a First in BA Soc.Sci.(Sociology)in 1967.

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