About the book and its author

What is the connection between a mysterious death, a family feud, a missing Shakespearean text and the sudden appearance of a strange child-like ghost? Conscience or killer? Who Killed the Poet? is a short novel that is at first glance, a cinematic whodunit-fantasy-thriller, at a second a gothic love-story and thirdly, a contemporary and stylish meditation on creation and poetical magic in an era of standardised realism.

The novella Who Killed the Poet?, written by Luis de Miranda, originally published in French (Paris: Max Milo, 2011), is since 2017 on a mission to be translated in 88 languages. Up to now, it was published in Turkish (Istanbul: Galata, 2012), and in English (Sacramento, CA: Snuggly Books, 2017). Several other translations are on their way across the world (China, India, Greece, Sweden, etc…).

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Luis de Miranda, born 1971, has published several novels and essays in French through both mainstream and independent presses. Now living in Sweden, it was in France where he grew up that he developed the reputation for being a stylist and thinker, a literary writer with a distinct anti-conformist voice.

Despite the occasional appearance on television, radio or in print, he remained a rather reclusive author hoping to avoid institutionalisation. He devoted part of his efforts to literary criticism and independent publishing for several years, before he was offered to teach and complete a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He now lives in Stockholm where, among other things, he runs The Philosophical Parlour.

Luis de Miranda’s novels each subvert a specific genre with the tools of literature: the thriller (Qui a tué le poète?), science-fiction (Paridaiza), the Nouveau Roman (Moment magnétique de l’aimant), the conspiracy-theory Fiction (Joie), the absurdist comedy (The Spray), or the postmodern transgressive nihilistic novel (A Vide).

 

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