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13 August 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 4:05am

Words in pictures: Tom McCarthy

The novelist declares Georg Trakl his new favourite author.

By Staff Blogger

In this week’s magazine, Leo Robson reviews C, the new novel by Tom McCarthy. As Robson notes, McCarthy makes something of a fetish of his not having read many (if any) contemporary novelists writing in English. His elective affinities are mostly with European modernists — Kafka or Robbe-Grillet, for instance. In this video clip, McCarthy declares his “new favourite author” to be the Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887-1914), who also happened to be a favourite of both Wittgenstein and Heidegger.

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