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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IMDb page on the film version of Russell Hoban's 1975 novel, directed by John Irvin, with screenplay by Harold Pinter, starring Glenda Jackson, Ben Kingsley and Michael Gambon.
Account and transcript of novelist Will Self's conversation/interview with Russell Hoban about Riddley Walker, from the SA4QE site.
Facebook page for the SA4QE activity.
Robert Freeman contributes this piece about The Mouse and His Child to the Guardian's "Families in literature" series, emphasising the importance of family in the book.
Novelist Helen DeWitt describes Riddley Walker as the "underrated equal of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land" in this brief list of favourite books.
Summary: 'Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same. ' Composed in an English which has never been spoken and laced with a storytelling tradition that predates the written word, RIDDLEY WALKER is the...
Comprehensive overview of Russell Hoban's life by Todd VanDerWerff.
1991 recording of Russell Hoban talking to novelist Robertson Davies about the latter's novel Murther and Walking Spirits. From the ICA Talks series, hosted on the British Library website.
Chris Bell looks at a fascinating but under-appreciated period in Russell Hoban's life when he worked as a commercial illustrator, producing portraits for Time magazine and plates for books including The Tales of Edgar Allen Poe.
In this article formerly published only in print, and subtitled "View from a Novelist’s Study", Russell Hoban writes of the inspiration he finds in music: "Indeed he listens as he works. Here he reflects on the power of music to unlock memories."

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

'It is a strange and frightening thing to be a human being, to partake of the mystery and madness of human consciousness'

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