Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Seven of the best tales of failure

Keggie Carew won the Costa Biography Award 2016 for her shape shifting memoir, Dadland. Before writing her career was in contemporary art. Her new book is Quicksand Tales.

At the Guardian she tagged seven tales of failure...and resilience. One title on the list:
As the daughter of a paramilitary guerrilla I’m familiar with the world of Laurent Binet’s HHhH, his novel about two Czechoslovakian parachutists trained in Britain and sent to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the Nazi secret services, known as the “hangman of Prague”. Binet’s approach is to step into the book as he is writing it. Past and present converge here – and an extra frisson comes from knowing that the book is based on real-life characters and events. Though the mission succeeded, it resulted in a monstrous tragedy: in retaliation, the Nazis arrested thousands, killed every operative and razed an entire town.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue