Paul Murray | 'I would like everybody to be able to read the books. I don’t believe in art for art’s sake'

Paul Murray | 'I would like everybody to be able to read the books. I don’t believe in art for art’s sake'

There is the slightest moment of trepidation when beginning Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void (Hamish Hamilton), the follow-up to the Dubliner’s Booker-longlisted comic tour de force Skippy Dies. The new novel starts with narrator Claude, a young French banker working in post-crash Dublin. Claude notices he is being followed by a mysterious, black-clad man, who reveals himself to be an author who wants to write a novel about a young banker who is being followed by an author. The author’s name? Paul. Cue some eye-rolling and a worry that this might descend into postmodern nonsense.

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