The Russell Hoban website

Welcome to russellhoban.org, providing definitive information and news about the late novelist Russell Hoban and his work.

The Slickman A4 Quotation Event (named after the fan who came up with the idea) has taken place every 4th February since 2002, in commemoration of Russell Hoban's birth in 1925. Each year on the day, readers from around the world share their favourite quotations from his books by leaving them in public places, invariably written on yellow A4 paper (the sort he used). Fans also share their selections on social media under the hashtag #sa4qe, while some are posted on this site. Above: bathroom mirror quote from Kleinzeit (1974) by Sam Meech

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Summary: Jachin-Boaz the map-maker lives in a time when lions are extinct. He makes a map for his son to find everything he could ever want, but suddenly deserts his family to look for a lion. His son Boaz-Jachin, pursuing him, finds a great deal more than just his father. Detailed description:...
All quotations come from Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker: Expanded Edition, Indiana University Press, 1998 Although he sets his novel Riddley Walker (published in 1980) in a post-apocalyptic future, Russell Hoban makes use of the medieval world to mark this future as a site of the "primitive." For...
In Riddley Walker, thousands of years in our future, the people of Inland are trying to drag themselves out of the mud. Theirs is a post-nuclear society hungry for a story to make sense of what’s happened. They have no creation myth, only hellish narratives of destruction played out in the Eusa...
Russell Hoban talks to the Guardian's James Hopkin about his move to London, his eccentric work-room and various novels including The Medusa Frequency.
Account and transcript of novelist Will Self's conversation/interview with Russell Hoban about Riddley Walker, from the SA4QE site.
‘This is it ... this is my destiny woman,' Max blurted out when he first met Lola at the Coliseum shop. Not only was she aristocratic and wild at heart, but the two discovered an uncanny convergence of musical tastes. Soon they were converging at every level - Lola filling Max's emptiness and vice...
Harry Phillips writes briefly for the March 18, 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated on Russell Hoban's Floyd Patterson article and illustrations for the same issue; that article can be found at http://www.si.com/vault/1957/03/18/601037/an-artist-looks-at-his-subject This is also referred to in...
2-minute video of an audio recording of the late novelist and polymath Anthony Burgess talking about his admiration for Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker, and how he felt Hoban's novel would have been a worthier winner of the 1980 Booker Prize (won by William Golding).
Appreciation of Russell Hoban and the SA4QE fan event by Nick Campbell from the We Are Cult blog.

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

As we ate and drank it seemed to both of us that the evening was shaping nicely. I couldn’t remember a time when I had drawn so well or felt so good; I wondered if I’d ever draw that well and feel that good again. Happiness can be unsettling, like catching a baby that someone has thrown out of a window.

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