Peter Salmon is an Australian writer based in London. His novel The Coffee Story (2011) was selected by Toby Litt as his book of the year in the New Statesman. He has also written for television and for the Guardian. His new novel, Blue Roses, is out through Hunter Publishing in June.
All essays by Peter Salmon
by Georges Perec translated by David Bellos
David R. Godine
Published August, 2015
Mayakovsky A Biography
by Bengt Jangfeldt (translated by Harry D. Watson)
The University of Chicago Press
Published December, 2014
An Insatiable Thief in his Soul: Mayakovsky A Biography by Bengt Jangfeldt
‘Mayakovsky was not, of course, the first poet or the last to desire a revolution of the spirit, a re-evaluation of all values. For all that he believed that he believed in Communism, it is not hard to imagine Mayakovsky in the clothes of one of the Romantics, or of the Fascists, or of the Beats, replacing the word Soviet with Love or Fatherland or Peace. The difficulty for Mayakovsky, however, was that his desired revolution had happened, the State for which he had cheered actually emerged.’
by Homer (translated by Peter Green)
University of California Press
Published May, 2015
Simone Weil’s Homer: The Iliad
‘In the winter of 1940, during the first months of the Nazi occupation of France, the analogies between the world of the Iliad and the situation in Europe were, for Simone Weil, striking and chilling. There were broken truces, a city under siege, and failed attempts to appease one man’s wrath. That Troy was destined to be sacked seemed inevitable. For Weil, waiting for an exit visa with a battered copy of the Iliad in her rucksack in case she was arrested, Homer’s great epic seemed to be completely of the moment.’ Peter Salmon on Simone Weil and a new translation of the Iliad.
Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK
by Geoffrey Robertson
Published November, 2013
A threat then, a threat now: Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK
The death of Stephen Ward stands as an iconic moment in British history, when the establishment, confronted by a new liberalism, had its hypocrisy exposed by a heady cocktail of female sexuality (a threat then, a threat now), race and politics.