C - Tom McCarthy in conversation with Lee RourkeMonday 6 September 2010, 7 p.m. · 64 minutes
Tom McCarthy’s first novel Remainder was originally published by a small Paris-based art press before being picked up by Vintage in the US and Alma Books in the UK, going on to become both a cult bestseller and a great critical success. McCarthy came to the London Review Bookshop to celebrate the publication of C, a novel about technology, sex and death that takes us from the battlefields of the Great War to the necropolises of Ancient Egypt, and which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. After giving a reading from the novel, he was joined in conversation by critic and writer Lee Rourke. Their discussion took in Heidegger, Hölderlin, encryption, networks, desire and the Germanic nature of C.