Inrock Hardcover – 25 Nov 2013
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Desmond Morris has led a double life as an artist and as a scientist. His first solo exhibition was held in 1948 and his most recent in 2012. His first scientific publication appeared in 1952. His first book was published in 1958 and his most recent in 2013. Eight books have also been published about his paintings, the first in 1987 and the last in 2012. To date, INROCK is his only published volume of fiction.
Desmond Morris writes a brief outline of the book below...
"An earlier, shorter, un-illustrated edition of this book was published by Jonathan Cape in 1983. Its history was as follows:
The story of INROCK was written as a subjective escape following the strict objectivity of THE NAKED APE. In the summer of 1967, after the editing of the text of THE NAKED APE had been completed, my wife and I took a break in Cyprus. There, sitting on a beach near Kyrenia, I started scribbling the story down in a notebook. I finished the first draft on the plane flying home to London.
In October THE NAKED APE was published and its unexpected success changed our lives. INROCK lay forgotten in the chaos that ensued. The following year we left England to live on the island of Malta and in October 1968 our son was born there. His name was Jason and in 1970 I decided to type up my scribbled notes, using his name for the central character, so that one day he might enjoy the story. In the process the tale became enlarged into a full-scale book, but because Jason was too young to read it it was put away and was again forgotten.
It was not until over a decade later, in 1983, that it was finally published. Some readers told me that they found it difficult to visualize the very strange beings that inhabited the world of Inrock and I decided that, one day, I would work on a series of drawings to illustrate the story. I started these drawings in 2009 but did not complete them until 2011. I also re-wrote and extended the opening and closing sections of the book - before Jason has entered Inrock and after he returns home. It is this enlarged and illustrated version of the story that is appearing now in this second edition of the book.
It is my hope that one day the story will be made into a film. When Stanley Kubrick died in 1999, a hand-written note was found among his effects, where he had scribbled "Looks like MY kind of story" on a summary of INROCK that one of his staff had prepared for him. One can only wonder what he might have made of it, had he lived."
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