My Second Book Gets a Second Life
by Barry Graham
In the summer of 1989, I finished writing my second novel, The Champion's New Clothes. It was a few months before my first, Of Darkness and Light, was published by Bloomsbury. They bought the second one right away, but took almost two years to publish it. Scotland on Sunday called it “entertaining, raw and punkish,” with “scenes of rampant evil.” It soon went out of print, and remained so for more than a decade.
Today, a French translation, Le Champion Nu (The Naked Champion), is published by Tusitala, who also published The Book of Man as Le livre de l'homme, and it has the same translator, Clélia Laventure.
It's a strange and happy feeling to see a book I finished at age 23 published in another language and country 32 years later.