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Nights with Giordano Bruno

A Novel

by Jack Ross

224 pp. Paperback $NZ 24.00 ISBN 0-9582225-0-9


Nights with Giordano Bruno should be burnt by the public hangman. It would have been in the good old days (that's the kind of book I was trying to write, at any rate). Which is appropriate, as Giordano Bruno, ‘peripatetic traveller, magician, writer, lecturer,’ and the subject of this novel, was burnt alive on February 17th, 1600 , in the Campo de' Fiori, Rome.

Bruno's crime was heresy: ‘Christ is not God, but a Magus and trickster, who was rightly executed.’ This book propounds heresies: it's pornographic and blasphemous. And its pages are out of order!

I should clarify ‘out of order.’ Nights with Giordano Bruno is intensely ordered. There are two kinds of pages in it: on the left— astrological diagrams, occult calculation, alchemical engravings; on the right—a series of stories. Sometimes the two are related and sometimes not. This is not a conventional novel!

Nights with Giordano Bruno is also an intensely contemporary work, set in late-nineties New Zealand , with a recognisable main character whose fantasy life gives it its shape, fantasies which may shock readers even more than explicit sex and violence.

The reader has to unravel the story. Bruno believed that even the Devil would be saved, which might incline us to see it as a hopeful book—a novel about lifting oneself out of despair and the labyrinths of the mind. However, Bruno also believed Moses, Christ and the Apostles to be deceitful tricksters, which might fit our protagonist better.” — Jack Ross



Wellington South

“experimental texts & investigative cultural studies
charting moments when definitions changed”




Quotes from Reviewers


  Nights with Giordano Bruno ( Wellington : Bumper Books, 2000):


... this crazy, obsessively sexual novel ... an echo in Auckland of Eco. ...

— Alan Brunton, JAAM


... the book itself exists like a music of the spheres that runs along the top of the pages, available only to a concentrated sense of hearing, but as real as fuck.

— Will Joy Christie


Not all the contents are evil ...

— Laurence Jenkins, JAAM


... diagrams of dead sciences encrust the page with the algebraic mystery of cells...

— Tracey Slaughter, Poetry NZ


... transpierced throughout with sex, suffering, and a burning joy and queerness.

— Richard Taylor, brief


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