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Announcing Max Porter’s The Death of Francis Bacon

Madrid. Unfinished. Man Dying.

A great painter lies on his deathbed.

Max Porter translates into seven extraordinary written pictures the explosive final workings of the artist’s mind.

‘This is my attempt to write as painting, not about it; an attempt to replicate thought, struggle, the struggle of thought, but also the sheer energy of the eye’s confrontation with the painted image. It’s the result of a long preoccupation I’ve had with Francis Bacon and I hope that, even though it is a book about death, it’s very much a living thing.’ Max Porter

Max Porter is the author of Lanny, longlisted for the Booker Prize, and Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. He is the recipient of the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award.

The Death of Francis Bacon will be published on 7 January 2021.

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For one night only, Max Porter will read his award-winning novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers from Islington’s iconic Union Chapel, live online. This one-off event is a fundraiser for the beloved London venue and Margins, the chapel’s homelessness charity.
Sunday 25 October, 19:45 | Book tickets.