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An interesting film that I haven’t seen before from experimental novelist B S Johnson; probably known mostly for the ‘assemble any way you like’ book in a box The Unfortunates (1969).


‘I shall be much more famous when I’m dead,” BS Johnson told his agent the day before he committed suicide in 1973.

It is certainly a shame that the technical ‘gimmicks’ he employed [cut through pages, unbound pages etc] have become his legacy. And whilst he undoubtedly was the experimental equivalent at the time, of the nouveau roman authors Duras and Robbe-Grillet across the Channel, as he once said “Where I depart from convention, it is because the convention has failed, is inadequate for conveying what I have to say.”


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