The official Russell Hoban website

Welcome to russellhoban.org, providing definitive information and the latest news about the late novelist Russell Hoban and his work.

US publisher Valancourt has brought out new editions of Russell Hoban's great early novels Kleinzeit and The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. Adds Valancourt's James D. Jenkins: "'Pilgermann' is coming in June. Hopefully more will follow if we can get any interest in these three." If you were looking for the perfect opportunity to discover these superbly written, lyrical, poetic, highly original and imaginative novels, this is it. Read more on the Valancourt site

Latest news & features

Between September 2002 and March 2005, Russell Hoban contributed to his own discussion forum, The Kraken. In the first of a 2-part feature, Richard Cooper looks back over a selection of his posts.

Steven Claydon, Martin Clark and Graham Harman

Curators of "The Noing Uv It" exhibition partly inspired by Riddley Walker discuss the philosophical and artistic themes behind the show.

Norway museum to exhibit "The Noing Uv It" inspired by Russell Hoban's novel, featuring work by over 30 international artists

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"The real thing is always more than you're ready for."

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Sample site content and links

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Review-cum-essay of Fremder, Mr Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer, Angelica’s Grotto and Amaryllis Night and Day by Paul Kincaid, first published in The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 2002
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Russell Hoban talks to Dee Palmer on camera about "Using the first-person narrative, The starting point of the novel, Writing as 'quest', Influence of English writing, and Myth-making". 36 minutes.
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Russell Hoban (right) with John Mullan

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Dave Awl's original Russell Hoban website, with bibliography, biography, reviews, essays, interviews and news and book extracts sent by RH himself.
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Link to all articles on the online version of Granta magazine by Russell Hoban. Subscribers only. Most pieces were later collected in The Moment under The Moment (1992); we have not been able to verify whether the Granta pieces differ from the Moment versions.
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Chris Bell considers Russell Hoban's 1996 novel Fremder in relation to other works including Riddley Walker and Pilgermann.
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The second part of the wonderful lecture/Q&A Russell Hoban gave to SDSU in 1990. For full background details please see http://www.russellhoban.org/link/russell-hoban-at-the-san-diego-state-university-october-17-1990-part-1
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When Father comes home at the end of a sorely trying day, he finds all the family fighting and scolding after a sequence of events for which no one is willing to take the blame.

 

(The New York Review Children's Collection edition)

 

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Sarah Varley sells art objects and bric-a-brac from a market stall. Roswell Clark is a toy-inventor turned sculptor who specializes in grimly ironic pieces involving crash test dummies. Both are widowed and a little bit lost in their own private worlds. Their paths cross one day while admiring a bat on a Chinese bowl at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Two clockwork mice, a father and son, begin life in a toyshop. All the mouse child wants is for a lady elephant toy to be his mother. Soon they are sold, and for years are only brought out at Christmas. Longing for freedom, the mouse child gets them knocked into the garbage, from which they are retrieved by a passing tramp, who sets them on an adventure in which they meet many wonderful characters including the tyrannical Manny Rat.

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