The Russell Hoban website

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

The Slickman A4 Quotation Event (named after the fan who came up with the idea) has taken place every 4th February since 2002, in commemoration of Russell Hoban's birth in 1925. Each year on the day, readers from around the world share their favourite quotations from his books by leaving them in public places, invariably written on yellow A4 paper (the sort he used). Fans also share their selections on social media under the hashtag #sa4qe, while some are posted on this site. Above: bathroom mirror quote from Kleinzeit (1974) by Sam Meech

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Brief news story on BBC website.
Summary: He climbs a ladder to reach another man's wife and gives himself up to her beauty, but then Pilgermann descends into a mob of peasants inspired by the Pope to shed the blood of Jews. Alone on the cobblestones, mutilated and unmanned, he cries out to Israel, to the Lord his God, to Abraham...
Brief tribute to Russell Hoban from a magazine which ran an interview with the author in 2011.
1986 New York Times review by Vincent Canby of the film of Turtle Diary, whose screenplay was written by Harold Pinter.
News story reporting that Sam Meech's Riddley Walker-inspired exhibition Time Back Way Back, originally shown in Barrow-in-Furness, has moved to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, under the name Girt Shyning Weals: Riddley Walker and Anthony Burgess.
Reviews, interviews and other articles from the Guardian website tagged or mentioning Russell Hoban and/or his books.
2010 interview mainly about Riddley Walker but touching on other books and the creative process.
Established and maintained by Dave Awl with permission from Russell Hoban.
To celebrate its 21st anniversary in 1992, the British publisher Picador invited 21 of its best authors to write about one of the years from 1972 to 1992, from their own perspective. Each piece was written especially for the collection, which includes essays by, among others, Tariq Ali, Julian...
John Mullan introduces Riddley Walker as the Guardian's book club title, summarising the language and some of the themes of the novel.

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

An ordinary mirror is silvered at the back but the window of a night train has darkness behind the glass. My face and the faces of the other travellers were now mirrored on this darkness in a succession of stillnesses. Consider this, said the darkness: any motion at any speed is a succession of stillnesses; any section through an action will show just such a plane of stillness as this dark window in which your seeking face is mirrored. And in each plane of stillness is the moment of clarity that makes you responsible for what you do.
Consider this, said the train wheels, repeating the message tirelessly moment after moment on the miles of cold iron that lay shining in the dark that led to Harwich and repeating face on face the faces reflected in the windows.

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