"Anti" is the working title for my fourth novel.
Anti - from Antigone - is the name of my main character, a mysterious woman of German, Norwegian, French, Spanish and Japanese origins - that's going to be fun! She will also have an unusual physical appearance including complete Heterochromia iridum
In my head, Anti - the book is a contemporary surrealistic urban novel, set in London - or a city similar to London. I'd love to give it a kind of Film Noir quality too...
This book will explore the constant changes that I see in London each time I am back to the city, the high rise towers of glass and metal that seem to be sprouting out of the ground at an accelerating pace; the old buildings, sandwiched between the glittering tower blocks, stubbornly staying put, the only witnesses to the history of the city.
The London I love is disappearing, and I wish to capture this in Anti.
The background to the story will be the uneasy relationship between the glossy corporate face of the city and a murkier, mysterious, edgy underbelly.
I will be looking at Vorticism to find inspiration.
I will be developing ideas for this book whilst doing the same for The Right Place and writing "The Book of Thoth".
Antigone (pronunciation: /ænˈtɪɡəniː/an-ti-gə-nee; Greek: Ἀντιγόνη) is the daughter of Oedipus and his mother Jocasta in Greek mythology. The name may be taken to mean "unbending", coming from "anti-" (against, opposed to) and "-gon / -gony" (corner, bend, angle; ex: polygon), but has also been suggested to mean "opposed to motherhood", "in place of a mother", or "anti-generative", based from the root gonē, "that which generates" (related: gonos, "-gony"; seed, semen).
The trailer below is for the German movie "Wir Sind Die Nacht" (We are the Night).
For Anti, I will be looking into the aesthetics you find in the film (minus the vampires): the darkness behind the glamour of a fictitious - but not so fictitious - London world.
On the soundtrack is the terrific IAMX song "Nightlife". Here it is for you to enjoy, with scenes from the film!