|Author:||Thomas Pors Koed|
The difference between actuality and fiction is principally one of exclusion. The short pieces that comprise No Relation test the potencies of this exclusion: how are characters, and how are readers, affected by what is not related, by what is withheld, by what has been potentised by exclusion or by the impossibility of inclusion?
• New Zealand author writing against the grain of contemporary New Zealand fiction.
• Short short stories challenging preconceptions about the writing (and reading) of fiction.
"The ambiguities and the wilful shattering of fiction’s comfortable illusions force the reader to become as much a producer of these texts as s/he is their consumer. Not that reading them is remotely like a chore, for these are some of the most ingenious and strikingly original short stories I have read in the last 10 years." - Ted Jenner for LANDFALL. >> Full review here.
"The stories are unlike anything published in English lately, unless as translations. ... The book will take you into realms of fictive suggestiveness ... and into psychological spaces you may have once discovered, but if you did, you survived because you backed out before your sanity was compromised. Now you may re-enter with Koed as your guide. ... This book should be in everyone's bookcase. It is more cultural than Scottish dancing or the haka. It is a sensitive work by, and portryal of, the seeking mind." - Bill Direen, 'Percutio'
Thomas Pors Koed lives in Nelson, New Zealand. During the 1980s and 1990s he was involved in running 'illiterature', an intermittent small press based in the South Island. He has been a rare book dealer, occasional book designer, editor and bookseller. He co-owns the independent bookshop VOLUME. No Relation, a collection of short fiction, is his fifth book and his first in fourteen years.