See also a book trailer narrated by the author at the end of this post.
Michel Foucault famously wrote, “I am fully aware that I have never written anything other than fictions.” In this polylingual, operatic fantasy comprised of invented letters, most of them unsent, set in Sweden during February 1956 while Foucault was undergoing a Swedish winter, the philosopher finds himself not just researching, but living through, his work to come, Madness and Civilization.
“A lovely book, it gives us another approach to a real human being whose face drawn in sand has resisted his biographers as much as his body of work has resisted all conventional critical attempts at constructing a Bildungsroman, something that is just the opposite of what Joyce is doing here.” – Brian Lennon, author of In Babel’s Shadows
“Michel Foucault, demythologizer of reason and man, in an ecstatic mode, his erotic longings so blighted that lyricism has overcome him—I would call it unimaginable if Michael Joyce hadn’t imagined it. And the object of this compulsion, a debased angel whose French kiss, even in dead letters, mingles the tongues of Europe in one mouth. Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden is simply an achievement.” – R. M. Berry
“A winter’s dream of a novel, original and affecting. Foucault’s superbly imagined voice sings of love and madness and death and a boundless need to get at the root of that confounding species called homo sapiens. The liminal, polylingual prose is a tour-de-force, the erudition dazzles, the final snowlight at nightfall will haunt you.” – Paul Russell, author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov
“Joyce is part of a revolution in narrative form.”
“Dawn it is, to be sure. The granddaddy of full-length hypertext fiction is Michael Joyce’s landmark Afternoon”
– Robert Coover, The New York Times Book Review
Michael Joyce talks about his new novel from Starcherone Books. The novel is a polylingual, operatic fantasy comprised of invented letters, most of them unsent, set in Sweden during February 1956 while Foucault was undergoing a Swedish winter and in which the philosopher finds himself not just researching, but living through, his work to come, Madness and Civilization.