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 and post their quotes and photos on this site. See this year's reports.
Photo above quoting Riddley Walker from @earthworksjason

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

‘“Orpheus,” she said to me softly, “now the story has found us, now we have become story and I must leave you.”

   ‘“Why?” I said. “Why must you leave me?”

   ‘“Because Eurydice is the one who cannot stay,” she said. “Eurydice is the one who is lost to you, the one you will seek for ever and never find again. Eurydice is the one of whom you will say ‘If only I had known what she was to me!’”

   ‘“If only I had known what you were to me!” I said.

   ‘“You did know,” she said. “Orpheus always knows and he always does what he does and Eurydice becomes lost to him.”

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Russell Hoban links...

SF writer Paul Kincaid pays tribute to Russell Hoban
Birmingham-based theatre company Stan's Cafe comment on why they revived Russell Hoban's 1984 play The Carrier Frequency.
1986 New York Times review by Vincent Canby of the film of Turtle Diary, whose screenplay was written by Harold Pinter.
Anthony Davis writes an eloquent personal account of visiting Russell Hoban at his home following the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum (the 2005 convention), in which he and "Russ" spoke about whisky, My Tango with Barbara Strozzi and more. Also contains some fascinating, detailed photos of...
Touching summary of Russell Hoban's life and work.
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.
A version of Ed Park's introduction to the 2013 reissue of Turtle Diary.
A unique concordance to Russell Hoban's classic 1980 novel is available on this website. Entries for each word in the text are available both in order of occurrence in the text, and sorted by right context (i.e. the following words). There are also two complete lists of the words, one in...
Russell Hoban talks to the Financial Times about the book that changed his life, the books on his bedside table, his writing methods and what it means to him to be a writer.
Russell Hoban writes about the genesis of Riddley Walker at a viewing of The Legend of St Eustace in Canterbury Cathedral.

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