“Writing Richard, I entered into it with writers like Hamsun, Genet, Celine, Camus and Dostoevsky in mind. I saw it as a book as part of that tradition of European existentialism – novels about young men seeing the world for what it really is and struggling with that – but obviously at the close of the twentieth century. It was a culmination of old literary influences brought forward into the rock n’ roll milieu….”
Author and academic Dr. Mark Duffett has interviewed me about Richard.
Mark recently presented a paper entitled ‘Re-imagining Richey: Celebrity Disappearance, Manic Street Preacher Fandom and Ben Myers’ Richard’ at the Nouvelle Sorbonne in Paris.
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