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Dr Alistair Brown
Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Conflict

Twisted between the crack and the gutter a plant strains
For light to trigger a bloom
Emerging repeating reclining falling
From the stone forest within which
Behind rain-battered smog-smudged panes
A mute man strikes at his ‘other half’
In love’s last gasp waning
Waning
Like the sun retreating in its last lost half
Of its argument with night
And in the shadows it leaves behind
Night conceals the urban gardener
Who first prunes the dead leaves of rebellion
And last stirs the first seeds of rebirth.

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I cannot now remember much about the circumstances in which I wrote this. Reading it again, however, I see some influence from Elizabeth Bishop's mysterious poem "Man Moth," which I studied in my second year at university.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: struggle, plant, life, growth

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