Hang Him When He Is Not There

Nicholas John Turner, Hang Him When He Is Not There (300w)A novel by Nicholas John Turner

New Year’s Eve, 1989. At a residential care home in suburban Australia, fireworks explode in the distance while an elderly man dies in troubling circumstances. Decades later, a proof-reader, disfigured by a childhood accident, prepares to meet a celebrated and reclusive novelist. Between these two figures a subtle and intricate web is woven, implicating the members of a mystical cult, the victim of a beheading, an impostor artist, and the enigmatic presence known only as Agent Vell…

Hang Him When He Is Not There is a novel unlike any other. With keen intelligence, stylistic flair, and a bold philosophy of literary possibilities, Nicholas John Turner has crafted a globe-spanning, time-bending narrative that throws its own readers into the action and scours the darkest reaches of the human psyche: jealousy, betrayal, duplicity, cowardice, and — above all — vanity.

 

Nicholas John Turner is a writer from Brisbane, Australia. Hang Him When He Is Not There is his first novel.

 

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Praise for Hang Him When He Is Not There

To say that a début work of fiction is both brilliant and uncategorisable is to announce an important new writer. One can only say it is concurrently properly clever, properly playful and properly dark, and perhaps list a few precursors, mainly those who willingly or not broke fiction so they could rebuild it. Think Kafka, Beckett, Borges, or more recently Pynchon, Foster Wallace, David Mitchell. It’s elevated company indeed; but based on this first book, it will soon be deserved.

— Neil Griffiths
author of As a God Might Be
and founder of the Republic of Consciousness Prize

 

Turner just upends everything. His language is like a taut but complex tool of excavation that just keeps burrowing into deeper terrain. Hang Him When He is Not There is original and disorienting and uncompromising with valuable insight into creative imagination and the reader/text relationship. This guy means business.

— Sergio de la Pava
author of A Naked Singularity,
Personae, and Lost Empress

 

One of the boldest Australian literary débuts of recent years. … Intricately patterned, intertextual, reflexive, multivocal, bleakly mordant… a narrative splayed and atomised, yet strung together by tangling motifs and voices; a fiction that forks in multiple directions before coiling back together in a snake-like constriction; [a novel that] doubles and fractures the shards of narrative until the whole comes to resemble a mirror that has been smashed and then imperfectly restored.

— Shannon Burns
The Australian

 

Darkly humorous, impish, elusive, and intimate. … A fresh, electrifying, perplexing, flamboyant cornucopia of self-reflexive text.

— Eugene Bacon
Antic Magazine

 

Smart and playful. … A curious book that will get you thinking and feeling.

— Daniel Young
editor of Tincture

 

Intricate and subtly interwoven, Hang Him When He Is Not There is not a safe first work of fiction. It takes risks and challenges conventions masterfully.

— Bonnie Stevens
Mous Magazine

 

Intellectually playful. … Keeps readers enthralled with [its] deep complexity and originality.

— Kim Hellberg
The West End Magazine

 

Highly original and complex. … Elusively intriguing. … There is a fascinating mind to be discovered within these pages.

— Elaine Fry
The West Australian

 

A dazzling, daring novel. I was completely taken aback. The intensity of the reading experience it affords is simply astonishing.

— Martin Shaw

 

Exceptional and challenging. … One of those books that turns our preconceptions of literature inside-out and expands the limits of what the artform can do. … When I read it, it gave me that feeling of a first encounter with a truly singular intelligence. Unique. Uncompromising. Absolutely self-possessed, fully confident in the integrity of its one-of-a-kind literary vision. It is the real deal — a novel that offers all the rewards of the very best literature while also breaking all the old rules.

— Daniel Davis Wood

 

A book which is very difficult to categorise and one that I think sets out to deny or even deconstruct categorisation. … [It] examines the very concept of art, particularly literature, its creation and consumption.

Graham Fulcher