“…a touching fictional tribute to two poets lost ‘in the maze’ of literary history” –Mark Ford, London Review of Books
Nicholas Moore and Ivan Blatný were 20th-century poets whose stars burned bright in their youths, Moore in England and Blatný in Czechoslovakia. Then both men were battered by history and individual fate. The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping is a formally innovative book that explores their life stories. Its wildly imaginative structures are built on meticulous research, and as the two men’s separate, parallel existences unfold, they reveal astounding coincidences and heartbreaking reversals of fortune.
works as a farmer and writes in his free time. He has published several novels. Current works include XO (a novel in the form of a loose-leaf collection) as well as a collection of short stories with strict alliteration (2013). His most recent work, in which The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping appears, is the volume of stories Francis Travels Backwards, or The Realignment of the 20th Century published by ed[ition]. cetera in Leipzig.