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Dead Souls: Sam Riviere in Conversation with Lucy Mercer
June 7 @ 19:30 – 20:30 BST
‘I first heard about Solomon Wiese on a bright, blustery day on the South Bank…’
Later that evening, at the bar of the Travelodge near Waterloo Bridge, our unnamed narrator will encounter that very same Solomon Wiese.
In a conversation that lasts until morning, he will hear Solomon Wiese’s story of his spectacular fall from grace.
A story about a scandal that has shaken the literary world and an accusation of serial plagiarism.
A story about childhood encounters with nothingness and a friend’s descent into psychosis; about conspiracies and poetry cults; about a love affair with a woman carrying a signpost and the death of an old poet.
A story about a retreat to the East Anglian countryside and plans for a triumphant return to the capital, through the theft of poems, illegal war profits and faked social media accounts – plans in which our unnamed narrator discovers he is obscurely implicated…
A story that will take the entire night – and the remainder of the novel – to tell.
Sam Riviere is the author of the poetry books 81 Austerities (2012), Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (2015), and After Fame (2020), all published by Faber & Faber, as well as numerous limited-edition titles. Born in Norwich, he currently lives in Edinburgh, where he runs the micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press. DEAD SOULS is his first novel, and is published by W&N in the U.K. and Catapult in the U.S.A.
Lucy Mercer‘s debut poetry collection, EMBLEM, is forthcoming from Prototype in 2022. She lives in London.