Trust the Darkness
My Life as a Writer
Anthony C. Winkler
5 1/4" x 8" • 462 pages • black & white photo plates
ISBN 9780230026049 • hardback • $19.95 •
"What a narrative!...Much as I enjoyed "The Lunatic", one of the funniest books ever written, much as I enjoyed "The Painted Canoe" and "Going Home To Teach", Tony's autobiography defines him so distinctly it has become my favourite....The writing is honest, appealing even when some of the events are not. For in describing his early life...Winkler's personal revelations allow us a better understanding of his writing, while simultaneously opening myriad insights into the workings of Jamaican people."
“How could I change an outcome that was set in concrete?... This meant plunging into the darkness...”
Jamaican writer Anthony C. Winkler has been called "the unrivalled master of comic writing in the West Indies." Many readers regard his novel The Lunatic as among the funniest books in any language. Trust the Darkness tells the story of Winkler’s development as a writer, and much more. The “enigmatic Winkler,” as one reviewer called him, reveals a troubled childhood. Expelled from school in Montego Bay at the age of fifteen, he spent the next few years getting increasingly frustrated: Winkler knew that he wanted to finish school, and to be a writer, but the future looked dark. Then his mother sent him to the USA; and in that country, after years of deprivation, he gradually found the means to fulfil his ambitions.
Over the years Winkler has learnt to trust the darkness. Often, stumped in his effort to find a creative resolution in his writings, he has learnt to begin writing without knowing where he will end up, to plunge into the darkness and tap “at the roadbed of the narrative like a blind man with a cane searching for a sidewalk.”
Teeming with the offbeat occurrences and character types found in his fiction, Trust the Darkness is a supremely entertaining chronicle of a life full of hardships and rewards, one often lived on the very edge of darkness.
Anthony C. Winkler was born in Jamaica, and was educated in Jamaica and America. His first novel, The Painted Canoe, was published in Jamaica in 1984. The Lunatic followed in 1987, and Winkler also wrote the screenplay for a highly successful film of this novel.
Other works include The Great Yacht Race (1992), Going Home to Teach (1995) and The Duppy (1997). In 1999 his original screenplay The Annihilation of Fish, was filmed in Los Angeles. Starring opposite James Earl Jones with Margot Kidder, Lynn Redgrave won Palm Beach Best Actress for her role as Poinsettia. He resides with his wife, Cathy, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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