Thursday, February 9, 2012
Books: Politics, by Adam Thirwell - Revisited
His novel "Politics" (first published in 2003 amazon.com ) doesn´t deal with Geopolitics, business cycles and debt problems. Thirlwell describes just a microcosmos, a relationship between a man and girl, and sometimes with a second girl. But nothing really functions in this microcosmos because human interactions are complex, which might also explain why the whole complex world looks so messy. A reason why I reread the book recently.
The author narrates about a relationship between Moshe, a theater actor in London, and Nana, a student of architecture, and sometimes a third girl named Anjali. Thirlwell`s style reminds me to a surgeon doing an autopsy. He doesn`t just sketch the psychological issues, like jealousy, or the simple misunderstandings (who can read the mind of his/ her partner?), he also narrates explicitly the technical problems of their sex life.
I enjoy his Thirlwell`s style and his attitude. The author claims that his attitude to fashion "is a technical interest and respect combined with an amazed sarcasm". I guess "amazed sarcasm" describes how he deals with the characters of his book. And reading sarcastic meditatations about all the difficulties in this microcosmos is helping me a bit to deal with all the incomprehensions we read all day in the news.