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

On 11-13 February 2005 the Russell Hoban community convened in London in a unique celebration of the author's 80th birthday and an amazing body of work, from the Frances books through The Mouse and His Child to Riddley Walker and his then-new novel Come Dance With Me. Accompanying the convention was a superb 50-page booklet containing tributes from friends, associates and fans, including Quentin Blake (above), Glenda Jackson and novelist David Mitchell. Read the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum Booklet here

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

Manny Rat's housewarming was a great success. He had invited the cream of rat society, and all of them attended, twittering and squeaking with high spirits as they climbed the string ladder to the dolls' house. Grizzled old fighters and their plump, respectable wives touched whiskers with gentleman rats grown sleek by cunning and lithe young beauties of vaguely theatrical connection. Debutante rats and dashing young rats-about-town, all the golden youth of the dump, arrived in little laughing groups that achieved the effect of brilliance even in the dark, while doddering dowager rats came escorted by gaunt artistic rats with matted fur, burning eyes, and enormous appetites. Last up the ladder were a scattering of selected social climbers, followed by various hired bravos, obscure ruffians, and cheap hustlers whose good will was worth cultivating.

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Russell Hoban continues his reading to the San Diego audience started in part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTj5912_yX4). For full background info on these videos please see http://www.russellhoban.org/link/russell-hoban-at-the-san-diego-state-university-october-17-1990-part-1
Short but essential 1981 "People" magazine interview with Russell Hoban between the release of Riddley Walker and Pilgermann. Link fixed 22/8/17.
Martin Eve recollects the evening when Russell Hoban met Will Self.
Author Neil Gaiman presents a short programme on BBC Radio 4, first broadcast 22nd September 2015, about the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and its retelling by contemporary writers including himself, Margaret Atwood and Russell Hoban. Hoban is interviewed briefly about "lostness"; Gaiman...
Direct link to mp3 file hosted by the Guardian (975k)
riddley-indiana.jpg According to reviewers of literature, Hoban’s masterpiece is Riddley Walker.  I agree, but for reasons not noted in any review.  In both conception and presentation, Riddley Walker is a novel unlike any other.  It is a wonder and...
Essay/review of Turtle Diary by Kristine Rabberman from University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Professional and Liberal Education.
Summary: Fourth Galaxy, 4 November 2052: in the black sparkle of deep space a figure in a blue overall tumbles over and over as it drifts towards the planet Badr-al-Budur. No space suit, no helmet, no oxygen. He can't be alive, can he? But he is. First Navigator Fremder Gorn is the only survivor...
Chris Bell discusses Russell Hoban's 1983 novel Pilgermann, finding it "the closest I’ve experienced to a life-changing novel so far."
Angelica's Grotto is a pornographic website into which seventy-two-year-old art historian Harold Klein wanders one evening. Klein, a walking catalogue of infirmities, known to medical consultants as ‘he who declines to hop the twig', may not be up to much physically but there's a lot of sex going...

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