A: Sure. I have always been openly critical of the post-Tolkien genre of epic or quest fantasy.
People associate fantasy with elves, dwarfs and wizards. I think it is worth pointing out that this book and my last book blur the boundaries between SF and fantasy. Perdido Street Station won both a fantasy prize and a science fiction prize. I would love to get the chance to get into mainstream books publications and make the case for fantastic literature. John Harrison, among others, as special influences, but your style is evolving with each novel. A: The single strongest influence on me for this book were the writings of the Zimbabwean author Dambudzo Marechera. He is an astounding figure, a self-taught writer who wrestles with the English language, reinvigorating it.
The epigram from his book Black Sunlight informs the whole book — he has a wonderfully empathetic and moving sense of humans as the sum of all their damage, but no less important for that. Images: stuff from Moby Dick, and basically every single underwater monster from films, comics, and all the other cultural bumph I could sift through. As well as one of the Narnia books — which I dislike a lot and have wreaked revenge on.
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Q: Will we see more novels set in the world of Bas Lag? I would be extremely surprised, though, if I never go back there. There are too many other places to go in this world. Read An Excerpt. Paperback —. Add to Cart. Also in Bas-Lag.
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