Mara, Marietta: A Love Story in 77 Bedrooms

Mara, Marietta: A Love Story in 77 Bedrooms

by Richard Jonathan

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BN ID: 2940158782893
Publisher: Richard Jonathan
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Richard Jonathan was born in South Africa, grew up in Canada, studied in London and lives in Toulouse. He is a passionate European, teaching, for example, a university course on ‘The Idea of Europe’. When he is not earning his living as a translator, he enjoys drilling down into the puns of Jacques Lacan and James Joyce, the paradoxes of Heraclitus and Lao Tse, and the lyrics of Fiona Apple and Tom Verlaine. ‘Silence, exile and cunning’ have afforded him refuge from invasive consumerism, while his engagement with all forms of art has allowed him to find as much pleasure in the wit of Vivienne Westwood as in the architecture of ‘Finnegans Wake’. One more thing: Islands and empty spaces fill his daydreams; night-times of dream-work return him to reality. Whatever the realm, in the secret cell of his heart there is always and only Marietta. Is he not a touch mad? Read on. Once upon a time a boy, Richard Jonathan by name, needed to save his life. Art came to the rescue. In the ‘smithy of his soul’ he forged at once an ethics and an aesthetic: Risk alone is the way forward. Cut your own path. Advance open-handed. Give, give, and never give up. Has he written any other books? No. He has but one accomplishment to his name: ‘Mara, Marietta: A Love Story in 77 Bedrooms’. Has he fought the good fight, then, has he finished his course? Some say so. Others say that book is but the beginning. And the author himself? All he has to say is: ‘I don’t have to speak, Marietta speaks for me’. Well, I do believe he’s a touch mad. (Wonder if there really are 77 bedrooms.) And another thing—No, that’s enough. Well then, what about the epigram to his book: ‘By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am’? Is that not a key to his biography? I said that’s enough! All right, all right! But we must mention the theme of the double—Mara, Marietta—for that’s surely— Enough! Reader, since the author will not speak except through his book, I will tell you this about him: What makes him special as a writer? Shakespeare could appeal in the same play to both aristocrats and groundlings: that is an ideal he aspires to. He refuses to surf the tidal wave of formatted commercial fiction. He upholds the values of literature: to challenge as well as to entertain. The more the reader bring to his book, the more they get out of it.

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