With or Without Angels

by Douglas Bruton

Coming 16/02/2023

With or Without Angels

Published: 16/02/2023
ISBN: 9781914148361
Format: Paperback with flaps

The thought in my head does not yet have shape or form, only direction, one picture leading into another.

An ageing artist, faced with his own mortality, embarks on one final artwork. As he battles to complete the project, working with an enigmatic young photographer, he finds his past and present blurring. Through the act of creation and the memories it excavates, the artist comes to a realisation about what matters most, and what he will leave behind when he is gone.

This hybrid and innovative short novel responds through fiction to The New World, the final artwork by the late artist Alan Smith – which is in turn a response to an eighteenth-century fresco, Giandomenico Tiepolo’s Il Mondo Nuovo. With sparkling, dreamlike prose, Bruton weaves a story around these artworks, arriving at both a profound exploration of the creative process and a timeless love story told in a new way.

Praise for Douglas Bruton’s Blue Postcards:

‘Ingenious’ — The Scotsman

‘At once song, poem, and scripture’ — Necessary Fiction

‘The novel—and the magic blue Tekhelet thread that stitches it together—will stay with readers forever, leaving them in a more beautiful and coincidental world.’  Julia Nemirovskaya, poet, playwright and writer

‘This is a wonderful novella – not a word is wasted.’ — Julie Corbin, author of A Lie For A Lie

‘Seductively original, linguistically daring, almost dangerously immersive – with Blue Postcards, Douglas Bruton continues to build a deserved reputation as one of our most skilful story-tellers. A real delight.’ — Stephen May, author of the Costa shortlisted Life! Death! Prizes!

‘It is a story, unlike our ability to see colour, that haunts and intensifies rather than diminishes with time.’ — Carmen Marcus, author of How Saints Die