I’m excited already about Nick Cave’s new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro. It doesn’t come out in the UK until the third of September but my appetite was truly whetted a couple of months ago when I went to a club night organised by Canongate and they had a video of him reading an excerpt. While I really enjoyed And The Ass Saw the Angel, I have a feeling that this new work is going to be more in-line with my preferred style. I assume so from the reading anyway.
Black humour abound can surely be expected either way as well as some of the neat linguistic concepts that help to make his songs such a joy. I’m not sure if I remember this correctly or not, but I think I recall hearing that Mr Cave and long term collaborator Warren Ellis have also made a soundtrack to this novel. I hope so.
I wonder how many songwriters can so successfully transplant their lyrical verve into longer forms, and I’m glad it’s not a feat attempted by many. After all, the rest of us schmucks need a chance at least!