Faith, Hope and Carnage

Faith, Hope and Carnage

Faith, Hope and Carnage

Faith, Hope and Carnage


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An astoundingly intimate book-length conversation on art and grief spanning the duration of the pandemic years . . . As with Cave’s music, you might flinch, but you will feel alive.
― Pitchfork

Faith, Hope and Carnage is a book about Nick Cave’s inner life.

Created from more than forty hours of intimate conversations with the journalist Seán O’Hagan, this is a profoundly thoughtful exploration, in Cave’s own words, of what really drives his life and creativity.

The book examines questions of belief, art, music, freedom, grief and love. It draws candidly on Cave’s life, from his early childhood to the present day, his loves, his work ethic and his dramatic transformation in recent years.

Faith, Hope and Carnage offers ladders of hope and inspiration from a true visionary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374607371
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/20/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 29,416
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nick Cave has been performing music for more than forty years and is best known as the songwriter and lead singer of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, whose 2019 album, Ghosteen, was widely received as their best work ever. Cave’s body of work also covers a wider range of media and modes of expression, including film score composition, ceramic sculpture and writing novels. Over the last few years his Red Hand Files website and “Conversation with” live events have seen Cave exploring deeper and more direct relationships with his fans.

Seán O’Hagan has interviewed many major artists, writers and musicians over the last four decades. He currently works as a feature writer for The Observer and is the photography critic for The Guardian.

Table of Contents

1 A Beautiful Kind of Freedom 1

2 The Utility of Belief 19

3 The Impossible Realm 34

4 Love and a Certain Dissonance 50

5 A Kind of Disappearance 70

6 Doubt and Wonder 78

7 A Radical Intimacy 111

8 A Sense of Shared Defiance 130

9 The Astonishing Idea 141

10 A Series of Ordinary Carnages 161

11 A Beautiful, Desperate World 191

12 Anita Led Us Here 200

13 Things Unfold 206

14 The God in the Cloud 227

15 Absolution 241

Epilogue 257

Afterword 275

Acknowledgements 279

Index 281

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