The Witnesses Are Gone
It is excellent. I'm completely biased of course, but Joel has pulled out another creepy, wonderful read full of great images- I like them anyway (eg 'The sea was a grey scroll endlessly being wiped clean and re-written.' or 'Crows flapping overhead like scraps of burnt plastic').
A man, Swann, finds videotapes in the shed of his new (old and rundown) house, and discovers fragments of films from a French director Jean Rien (yes Joel li ...more
Before saying how wonderful this book was, it's worth saying first that instead of spending hours searching for old magazines, Martin might have had more luck in his quest if he'd begun by looking ...more
Few reviews refer to the anonymously (nemonymously) published short story that spawned Joel Lane's own The Witnesses Are Gone. I find that curiously apropos in a metafictional sort of way, as the shared premise of both stories is of works that defy attempts at serial contextualization by alternately vanishing themselves from the physical world and then from memory. Again appropriately, finding "The Vanishing Life and Films of Emmanuel Escobada" is challenging but possible... and happily, as yet,...more
The narrative follows Martin Swann who becomes obsessed with finding the remaining films of Jean Rien after he views one on an old video cassette. It starts off bleak and melancholy and this mood permeats every page thro ...more
In the introduction to the book Conrad Williams tells us “This is as honest and as brutal a work of fiction as you are ever likely to read”, and I have to agree with that statement. The horror and dread is so subtly layered into the narrative that the reader becomes totally immersed in this cleaver narrative, when one st ...more
Note: I did not actively buy this title, but received it as part of a 'book bag'-deal from PS Publishing.