Gabriel Josipovici in conversation with Bryan Cheyette
Gabriel Josipovici has been publishing fiction and criticism for close to forty years. Last year saw the publication of a substantial volume of essays, The Singer on the Shore and of a work of fiction, Everything Passes. He spoke to Bryan Cheyette about his life, work and his two most recent books at the time.
Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to the UK. He read English at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating with a first in 1961. From 1963 to 1996 he taught the University of Sussex, where he is now Research Professor in the Graduate School of Humanities.
He has published over a dozen novels, three volumes of short stories, and a number of critical books. His plays have been performed throughout Britain, France and Germany, and his work has been translated into the major European languages and into Arabic. In 2001 he published A Life, a memoir/biography of his mother, the translator and poet, Sacha Rabinovitch (London Magazine Editions), and his most recent novels are Goldberg: Variations (Carcanet, 2001) and Only Joking (Zweitausendeins, Germany, 2005).
Carcanet publish his novels and fictions Contre-Jour (1986), In the Fertile Land (1987), Steps (1990), The Big Glass (1991), In a Hotel Garden (1993) and Moo Pak (1995) and his essays Text and Voice (1993).
Bryan Cheyette is Professor of English at the University of Reading and author of Constructions of "the Jew" in English Literature and Society and Muriel Spark.