Literature We Love: Episode 1

What are we reading during Lockdown? In the first of E: SF’s feature videos on literature we love, Professor Antony Rowland from Manchester Metropolitan University discusses what he calls, ‘the most terrifying novel’; an English translation of French author Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s 1932 nihilistic satire on war, Journey to the End of the Night. He explores Céline’s poetic use of rhythm and reflects on how his main character seems to spend much of the novel waiting for people to die! In this video, Antony also explores James Byrne’s illustrated poetry book A Place to Leave. This soon to be released collection is inspired by the time Byrne spent in Cox’s Bazar the world’s largest refugee settlement and leads Antony to ponder on the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on refugee communities.

Video: 13m 44s