O For Obscurity, Or, The Story Of N

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- Chris Kelso


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"O For Obscurity, Or, The Story Of N" is a biography of The Mysterious N Senada, a Bavarian musician who influenced the early music of the San Francisco band known as The Residents, drawn from material discovered in the band's archives after Senada's death. Working from encripted diaries, I've managed to piece together Senada's life in a format more accessible to the modern reader. The book is currently subject to discussion regarding publication. More details here as they arrive.

Like all great writers, Andrew Hook defies categorisation. His work ranges from dark fantasy, science fiction and horror, to crime and film study – there exists no office of fiction outside his skill-set. Now Hook takes on the memoir. His subject, N Senada - the Bavarian music theorist and composer - is a fascinating choice, and evocative of the lively characters Hook usually conjures out of thin air. Hook’s prose is, of course, sublime, and his portrayal of the mercurial German is both entertaining and surreal. And like Senada, Hook seeks to produce pure art, free from interpolation or distraction, while still being accessible. He (somehow) achieves it. “O for Obscurity” marks a new chapter in his glittering career, and should gain him a few more readers in the literati. It’s long overdue. Pure art and a real statement of intent - Chris Kelso, author of the Dissolving Zinc Theater.

(His) prose is impeccable, especially in the dissection of the spiralling thought processes of the protagonist. A fine piece of work - Andrew Humphrey, author of Alison.

 

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