- Nowhere Near London or the Late Walter Benjamin
Shulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AW
Monday 25th September 2017, 8.30-9.30pm
- Staged reading of Nowhere Near London new version, Judith E Wilson Studio, Cambridge, Monday 20th February.
Nowhere Near London (Or, The Late Walter Benjamin)
A room in the late 1940s and four cold men drawn to a telepathic girl who walks with a dangerous Romeo.
Juggling realism, surrealism and even pantomime, Nowhere Near London explores the earliest days of the South Oxhey council estate, the last days of the German-Jewish writer Walter Benjamin, and everyday that has ever been lived in Eden.
Nowhere Near London is adapted from John Schad’s novel The Late Walter Benjamin (Bloomsbury).
Duration: 70 minutes
Last performance of Last Train: HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hay-on-Wye 31st May 2016
‘an incredibly daring exercise in transgression’
‘Finding meaning in the otherwise meaningless is what drives the unfolding mystery. Distinct events and lives – at first seeming coincidences – become inextricably tangled and soon unignorable, like not only being able to see the face of the Man in the Moon but also being able to feel his hands around your throat.’
‘Intensely personal, innovative, and indefatigably intriguing’ (Dan Hall)
‘I felt I was in the presence of something immense’ (Freya Gallagher-Jones)
‘a deeply moving (for being playful, and restrained) search for the truth hidden in the confabulations of a memory that may not be trusted any more, an attempt to communicate with a father with whom direct communication becomes impossible, or subject to doubt’ (Gogue)
About the book:
‘an extraordinary performance’ (Sir Frank Kermode)
‘caught my imagination straight away’ (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury)
‘an amazing book… one of the most original on Derrida’ (J. Hillis Miller)
‘a remarkable novel’ (Ian Macmillan, on BBC Radio 3′s ‘The Verb’)