Tuesday, July 14, 2009

We Call Upon the Author: Nick Cave

In 1989, Nick Cave issued his first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, and come September, the original Bad Seed returns with his second book, The Death of Bunny Munro.

The sinister, soul-searching tale of salesman Bunny Munro will be released in the US via Faber & Faber September 1st, while UK fans can get their hands on the book come September 3rd via Canongate Books Ltd. The audiobook version at Amazon UK includes a soundtrack from Cave and Warren Ellis. A signed and numbered limited edition of the book will also be sold exclusively through the The Death of Bunny Munro site.

From the publisher:

"Set adrift by his wife’s suicide and struggling to keep some sort of grasp on reality, Bunny Munro drives off in his yellow Fiat Punto, Bunny Jr. in tow. To his son, waiting patiently in the car while he peddles beauty wares and quickies to lonely housewives in the south of England, Bunny is a hero, larger than life. But Bunny himself seems to have only a dim awareness of his son’s existence, viewing his needs as a distraction from the relentless pursuit of sex, alcohol, and drugs.

When his bizarre road trip shades into a final reckoning, Bunny realizes that the revenants of his world—decrepit fathers, vengeful ghosts, jealous husbands, and horned psycho-killers—lurk in the shadows, waiting to exact their toll. At turns dark and humane—and with all the mystery and enigma fans will recognize as Cave’s singular vision—The Death of Bunny Munro questions the nature of sin and redemption, and lays bare the imprints that fathers leave on their sons.

In addition to his previous novel, Cave's book works include two collections of poetry and lyrics, King Ink I and II. He also wrote the screenplay and score (with Bad Seed Warren Ellis) for 2005's The Proposition, starring Guy Pearce and Ray Winstone. He and Ellis composed the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 book, The Road, out this fall.

Check out The Guardian for a video clip of Nick reading from Chapter 12 of The Death of Bunny Munro.

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