Writing On Literature

  • Experimental novelist kicks the regular rulebook into touch. From The Japan Times 11/04/2004 www.japantimes.co.jp By RICHARD FREEMAN Staff writer During a recent tour to Guam, members of the Tsunami Teetotallers (a Japan-based ad hoc rugby team) were left speechless when, during pre-match introductions, their scrum-half Richard Beard introduced himself as an English "experimental novelist." Born in 1967, Beard graduated from Cambridge University and worked as a teacher before enrolling in Malcolm Bradbury's Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia in 1994. His first novel in the experimental vein, titled "X20 (A Novel of Not Smoking)," was published in 1996, and was followed in 1998 by "Damascus" -- which will be published in Japanese by Shogen-Sha in November. Meanwhile,

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