What is the connection between a mysterious death, a family feud, a missing Shakespearean text and the sudden appearance of a strange child-like apparition? 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 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 March 2017 on a mission to be translated in 88 languages. Up to know, it was published in Turkish (Istanbul: Galata, 2012), and will be published in English soon (Sacramento, CA: Snuggly Books, 2017).
Luis de Miranda, 45, has published eight novels and five essays in French through both mainstream and independent presses. Now living between the UK and 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 institutionalization and devoted part of his efforts to literary criticism and independent publishing for several years.
His life changed with the arrival of his daughter Svea, and life with his Canadian-Swedish partner: He started speaking English at home, moved away from France, first to Sweden and then to the UK, where he was invited by the University of Edinburgh to continue his philosophical and historical research in the form of a PhD.
Luis, now a fully-fledged English-speaker, considers himself a more open-minded global author in the making. His novels always contain a distinct love story, each subverting a specific genre with the tools of literature: the thriller (Qui a tué le poète?), science-fiction (Paridaiza), the NouveWho Killed the Poet?au Roman (Moment magnétique de l’aimant), the conspiracy-mystery fiction (Joie), comedy (The Spray), or the postmodern transgressive novel (A Vide).