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Hoban's fantasia on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice,
This review is from: The Medusa Frequency (Paperback)
'The Medusa Frequency', published in 1987, is one of Russell Hoban's almost unclassifiable fictions for adults. It might be described as a serious comedy; a comic fantasia on the sources of art and the relationships between men and women, drawing on elements of legend and fable but set in a computerised late-'80s London; combining a realistic narrative about a writer stuck in the world of commercial work with a surrealistic adventure in search of a lost woman and artistic inspiration.
Hoban combines these disparate elements with a sure and light touch, recognising the potential silliness of some of the material - the head of Orpheus manifesting in the form of a rotten cabbage or a football, the farcical discovery of a woman's multiple lovers - and drawing out the humorous potential. The result is an entertaining farrago that makes some serious points. Hoban is one of the most interesting writers of his period, and deserves to be known as more than just the author of his most famous book, 'Riddley Walker'. This would be a good start for anybody looking to explore.