Irish author and novelist Mike McCormack won an award by the Goldsmiths, University of London and a grant of £10,000. What makes this news interesting is that McCormack’s book the Solar Bones is a single line novel. Unbelievable, right? The entire book has been written by him in unbroken sentences.
“The work was praised for its remarkable narrative which unfolds in one unbroken sentence and as a formally innovative novel which is also a moving and compelling read,” the award website said.
The novel centres around an Irish man “Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer from the west of Ireland briefly returned from the dead on All Soul’s Day, November 2008.” Set over a time span of a single day and told in a first-person-account, it touches an array of issues – politics, art, life, marriage, environment among other things.
The award is also significant as McCormack became the third Irish national to win the award in its four-year journey. Speaking at the ceremony, the 51-year-old novelist said that his win was “payback” for the publishers and agent who had backed him during his “long and difficult adventure” as a writer, the website added.
Chair of Judges Professor Blake Morrison said that Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones is a “prose that’s lyrical yet firmly rooted.”
Honouring readership he said, “Readers are smart” and they are up experimental books. He also urged other publishers to take up risks and support authors.
The Goldsmiths prize, launched in the year 2013, celebrates “fiction that breaks the mould or opens up new possibilities for the novel form”. Works by British authors and writers from Ireland are eligible for the prestigious award.