aWhen he arrives in Los Angeles after a long train ride, Walker sees orange and avocado trees in the scorching sun on the promising land of his new future. On some streets then the bustling angels of beggars and hookers, GIs and dockers, kaleidoscopic hustle and masses of people push their way through the delirium of unfinished dreams in the city. Walker spends the first night at the cinema.
Walker is the protagonist of Robin Robertson’s novel-length story “How to Lose the Loose More”, now published in German, translated by Ana-Kristin Mittag. The North Nova Scotia Highlanders veteran was haunted by his childhood memories and the trauma of war in New York and then Los Angeles, a city that Walker, in the Canadian province, was haunted after the end of World War II by the arrival of Walker in the spring of 1948. Se is known only from films. Here he is seeking liberation and change, for freedom and for healing. He looks for signs of a philanthropic world. He spends his one night walking through old L.A. with Coyote, “Lost City, Rotten City, Notorious City”, as Chandler puts it, about the residential area Bunker Hill, in which Walker found a cheap room Robertson is. Draws a seemingly ominous picture that does not seem to spring from the darkness of night alone. The coyote has long limbs and agile, with neon light reflected in its eyes.
As an informal event that unexpectedly disappears just as suddenly, Hunter is the epitome of a poem that not only underlines Robertson’s poetry, but also editor Jonathan Cape as editor and publisher of his many There is also years of work, which has been a part of vintage books since 2019. “I’m looking for intensity,” says Robertson, who was born in 1955 in North East Scotland. “I want to be surprised. I never want to read words in this form before. I feel something strange, a kind of electrical stress, in my own things and in others. “
Formal Editor in Great Britain
In the summer of 2014 he was sitting in his London office and talking about his work. On the walls are shelves with books by John Burnside, AL Kennedy, Anne Enright and other authors that Robertson has published on the Cape – mostly from the east periphery of the literary landscape that long circled the London and Southern English trolls. Following the success of “Trainspotting”, Irwin Welsh’s iconic novel, published by Robertson in 1993 with Saker & Warburg, has been one of the defining editors of British publishing and led the way to a literary “Scottish Renaissance” , Which is ultimately due to his own lyrical work.
After studying at the University of Windsor in Aberdeen and Ontario, Canada, Robertson began working in the editing department of Penguin Books in 1978 and soon published his first poems in magazines. But it wasn’t until 1997, at the age of 41, that his first book “A Painted Field” appeared. Since then, other versions of the poem have followed, and in 2013 in German “Em Robenkap”, a selection that Jane Wagner received from Hancer.