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Max Porter: The Death of Francis Bacon

Max Porter: The Death of Francis Bacon

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Celebrate the release of The Death of Francis Bacon with author Max Porter!

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The Death of Francis Bacon

A Brilliant Short Novel by the Author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny.

In this luminous, lyrical book, Booker Prize-nominee Max Porter inhabits Francis Bacon in his final moments, translating into seven extraordinary portraits the explosive final workings of the artist’s mind.

Writing as painting rather than about painting, Porter conjures imagery that enacts vengeance on the artist who originally brought them to life.

Visceral, evocative, lyrically allusive, The Death of Francis Bacon is a powerful portrait of creativity and devolution, moreover of the imagination. The evocative poetic fragmentation brings to mind Carole Maso’s Beauty Is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo, Shane Jones’s Light Boxes, and the respective oeuvres of Marguerite Duras and Bhanu Kapil.

The Death of Francis Bacon is a physical, emotional, historical, sexual, and political bombardment—the measure of an artist, erotic and masochistic, inexplicable and inspired.

Lovers of language, of art, of the art of language, the language of art, will luxuriate within this book.

Max Porter is the author of Lanny (longlisted for the Booker Prize) and Grief Is the Thing with Feathers (winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize). He is the recipient of the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award.