“The Long Take” is about a soldier who washes up in Los Angeles after the second world war.
This year’s best novel might just be a poem, according to the Booker judges, who have shortlisted one for the first time: this episodic epic by Robin Robertson, a bleak free-ver
Robin Robertson is best known as an editor – of novelists John Banville, Anne Enright, James Kelman and Irvine Welsh, and poets Anne Carson and Alice Oswald among many others –
Robin Robertson is something of a specialist in pain. He usually describes what painful events look like from the outside rather than how they feel from within.
When is a poem not a poem? Well, if it gets too long it may turn into a “verse novel”.
In one of his more pontifical essays, TS Eliot declared that a poet could not be considered great unless he – he, necessarily – had produced an epic.
I really feel like reading another verse-novel,” is not a sentence anyone has ever said. That’s not to say no one has ever enjoyed reading a verse-novel.