057: In perfect blue night a white owl flies – John Johns

A meditative, performative novel of about 200 pages. And a short piece of prose with luxurious padding to the right-hand side.

As a narrative, it resembles and performs a flight of consciousness. In that sense, the book is kind of like an instrument or an introspective game.

As a form, it satirizes the idea that complex things are more valuable than simple things. And reminds us that the difference between the two is pretty arbitrary.

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The old man who opened an art gallery in a huge, empty castle and showed just one work (a tiny painting in the foyer) for thousands of years.

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John went to school in Torquay and, now 24, he writes from pubs in London.

His next book is called ‘Benny’s Dungeon.’

Available now for £30 within the UK or for £35 outside the UK.