- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (General UK); 1 edition (9 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141012749
- ISBN-13: 978-0141012742
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire: A Confidential Report Paperback – 9 April 2010
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Iain Sinclair has been a rare book dealer, parks gardener, and all-purposes labourer across East London. In the 1970s he ran Albion Village Press, publishing Brian Catling and Chris Torrance, as well as several volumes of his own poetry. More recently he has written a number of television films, including The Cardinal and the Corpse, made with Christopher Petit for Channel 4. His essays have appeared in the London Review of Books, Sight and Sound and Modern Painters.
Downriver won the 1992 Encore Award for the year's best second novel and also the James Tait Black Memorial Award.
Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters; London Orbital and Dining on Stones. He is also the editor of the anthology London- City of Disappearances. He lives in Hackney, East London.
Visit Iain Sinclair's website here.
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many "sentences" not containing a verb. This makes it very hard work attempting to glean
any sense from the narrative - especially with a considerable number of non-sequiturs giving
an overall staccato effect and consequent absence of empathy induced in the reader.
From 1972-1989 I lived in Hackney and so I was interested in gaining some insight into
changes occurring since my departure. This book did not fulfil that function, Clearly the
author has engaged with the subject matter but seems to have great difficulty with any
form of actual communication with this reader. Given the lavish praise in some of the
reviews, I can but imagine that the reviewers and the author live in a metropolitan silo
that has developed in isolation since my era of residence in the capital.
This is not a rural lambast. I consder myself a European and spend five months or so
each year in another EU country as well as time in South West England. There are
many good things waiting to be told about Hackney but this book is not the place at
which to expect to find them.