Barry Graham the Scrivener

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Bookshelf with copies of Le Champion Nu by Barry Graham

In the events I did while in France, it was common for people not just to ask me if The Champion’s New Clothes/Le Champion Nu is autobiographical, but to seem to want it to be. (It isn’t.)

My Scottish and American novels have one thing in common: they’re the stories of people and places, not a person, and not this person. It’s currently fashionable to talk about “the right to tell your own story” — but what if, like me, you don’t want to tell your own story, because you don’t find it interesting? And “the right to tell your own story” isn’t a right, because it’s dependent on people being interested in listening to the story you’re telling. Otherwise, you’re not telling a story, just talking to yourself, and even you might not be listening.

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—Barry Graham

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At Un aller-retour dans le noir today, my book Le Champion Nu, which I wrote 32 years ago, won the Prix Marianne. Pau is a beautiful city, and the festival is a marvel (amazing to see so many people of all ages who’re serious about books), and I’ve made some new friends.

Speaking of friends… I’m immensely grateful to Mikael Demets, my editor at Editions Tusitala for publishing this book and Le livre de l’homme, and to the great Laurence Viallet, who translated them. Nine bows.

barry graham, masked, sitting at a table stacked with french editions of his books

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Poster for Barry Graham author event in Paris

Tomorrow I’m travelling to Pau, France, where I’ll be at Un aller-retour dans le noir until Monday, when I head to Paris, where, on Tuesday evening I’ll be at Librairie Les Guetteurs de Vent.

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A Nest of Nightmares and The Dead Hours of Night by Lisa Tuttle

The Book of Reykjavik by various authors

The Politics of Friendship by Jacques Derrida

The Wandering Border by Jaan Kaplinski (reread)

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—Barry Graham

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Jaan Kaplinski

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The Social Photo by Nathan Jurgenson

Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan

Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past by Bill Porter aka Red Pine (reread)

Sarah Jane by James Sallis (reread)

The Guru Principle by Shenpen Hookham

Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists by Joan Copjec

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(from Scumbo: Tales of Love, Sex and Death)

She’d been working there for about three weeks before my visit. I didn’t want to go there. I wanted to meet her in a cafe, but she’d lost her driver’s licence, and the bus took too long to get to the centre of town. She’d have had barely any time to eat and talk with me before she had to head back there.

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The Woodside Inn, Glasgow, seen from outside at night

I fired a shotgun twenty years ago. The ricochet hit me today.

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(from Get Out As Early As You Can)

All I had to do was cut his face.

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