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The Evolution of Mirrors By Martin Edmond
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“To dance we need those three original muses: memory, voice, occasion ...” Martin Edmond begins his new book of prose meditations, The Evolution of Mirrors with an account of the... More > evolution of the Muses, the daughters of Memory. As his own memory moves from Ohakune to Alexandria, Sydney to San Francisco, we are invited to look into a series of mirrors trained upon the past. “We remember in order to write but we write to forget,” he quotes himself. At times his lapidary prose echoes Borges, elsewhere he appears to be channelling Pessoa. Whatever he writes, though, he remains one of the true originals of our epoch, a stunningly inventive writer whose prose is as haunting as any poem, whose poetry is as circumstantial as Thucydides. As memory folds into memory, mirror into mirror, something starts to come into focus, some justification for our – perhaps quixotic – belief that “across all versions there is something incontrovertible, a substratum of truth.” —Jack Ross< Less
Eternities By Martin Edmond
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In ‘Eternities’, Martin Edmond chronicles lost and discarded things, people, places—the paradox is, the romantic desire for the ideal can be realized in dreaming. Meticulous... More > research underpins the resurgence, via mechanisms of memory, portents-reading and hallucination, of the uncanny, seeping out of the detritus of past time. The intertexual transcends the dull mechanics of postmodern technique, emerging epically as the Koran, the Tora, Aztec lore and Old Testament parable populated with hitherto uncelebrated gypsies, thieves, dream-chasing hippies and murderers. ‘Eternities’ rolls with humanity, a secularized laughter and magic, as powerful as re-incarnation and pagan idol worship; such profound depth to the most innocuous recollections; revealing a Sydney crueler, kinder, more exotic and more magical than it ever was before: ‘It is as the book says—the redeemed world will be the same but not as this is. It’s theology without god. It’s nothing. Everything.’—Adam Aitken< Less