|Title: Blindness & Rage
Author: CASTRO BRIAN
Publication date: 01/04/2017
Imprint: GIRAMONDO PUBLISHING COMP
Publishing status: Active
Blindness and Rage is a novel told in 34 cantos, somewhat in the manner of Pushkinâ€™s great Russian novel in verse, Eugene Onegin. Castroâ€™s hero Lucien Gracq is a townplanner from Adelaide who is writing a book-length poem, Paidia. Doubtful of its reception, he travels to Paris to join a literary club which guarantees its members anonymity, by having their books published under someone elseâ€™s name, while the authors themselves are encouraged to commit suicide if they are not already, as in Gracqâ€™s case, facing death from a terminal illness. Castroâ€™s novel is a part-serious, part-comic fantasy on the present fate of literary authors, who might as well be anonymous, or dead, for all the recognition that they are likely to receive for their writing.