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When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.
As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter? Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.
The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.
In The Wave the story moves between prose and screenplay what was thinking behind that?
From the start of the writing process for The Wave I wanted to create something that made reader a little suspicious of what they reading, questioning the characters motivations, uncertain about whatwas written in the previous chapter.
I’ve written scripts for radio and film projects before and that format has always attracted me because of its sparse, minimal approach to description. Having that switch between prose and script between sections felt a natural way to separate the stories, not only stylistically but also qualitatively in the way each world is described.
I love fiction that cultivates a sense of uncertainty or ambiguity and particularly when it does it by repeating or distorting motifs. As kids we learn words, names for things, by pointing at them and repeating sounds until they become familiar but often in fiction the process of repetition can have the opposite effect and lead us to doubt what we are reading. If a character repeats information they have already told us for example we might suspect their motive, wonder why they feel the need to re-emphasize it, wonder if they may be an unreliable narrator.
Lochlan Bloom is the author of the The Wave as well as the short novellas Trade and The Open Cage. The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has written for BBC Radio, Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, IronBox Films, EIU, H+ Magazine and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.