In the depths of summer, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible winter.

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3:AM Press have kindly published the chapbook A Hubristic Flea extracted from an unpublishable non-fiction book I wrote in Cambodia, The Torrid Zone. It was my attempt to write something along the lines of Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin books. I’m not sure how successful that was but I met interesting characters, heard interesting stories and avoided being killed, which is all we can really hope for. The larger book is going into a time capsule for the next ten years but rereading it, it seems to be about Phnom Penh city as a living thing and the ability of friendship to bring you back from self-destruction, without the sentimentality that might imply. If you’re interested in cities, melancholy and the idea of the writer as camera, you might like it. It’s only £4 via Galley Beggar Press. Thanks to Christiana Spens for the beautiful artwork, Susan Tomaselli for the typesetting and Jenni Fagan for the title.

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4 Responses to In the depths of summer, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible winter.

  1. lolaclementine says:

    love. about to pre order my copy. congrats!

  2. thanks Lola, that’s very kind.

  3. Cova says:

    Beautiful, really beautiful artwork. And for sure something that I would like to read now here in Phnom Penh, animal of the eternal summer. Congrats*

  4. Certainly look this one up! Thanks! BTW My son published with them!

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