I just came across this through the ever interesting Work in Progress, and I wanted to share…
Farrar, Straut and Giroux’s Work in Progress is always a source of interesting and thought-provoking reading material.
Lately I’ve been musing quite a bit about readers’ expectations and writers’ attitudes when it comes to fiction, truth and reality. So when I opened the WiP newsletter and found a post on the subject by Guillermo Erades, it felt like a piece of serendipity. And I know it’s nothing of the sort – a lot of writers find themselves musing inevitably about this – but indulge me. It’s Saturday, and I like my serendipity. Continue reading
I confess, I haven’t read Nicola Griffith’s Hild. But I most certainly will, after finding (in Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s blog Work In Progress) this excellent article about the research and thought process that went into crafting the novel’s language.
I greatly admire Ms. Griffith’s vivid depiction of her approach to… not so much recreating period language, as rendering its feel – and its social and psychological implications as well.
So much so that Hild’s time period may not be my favourite, but I just have to read a book written this way.
I’ll let you know.