Monument Maker: David Keenan’s most accomplished book yet

Book review: This 808-page monster staggers between France and the moon, the battle of Khartoum in 1884 and the second World War

David Keenan revels in producing highly innovative literary fiction that is also wonderfully entertaining.

David Keenan revels in producing highly innovative literary fiction that is also wonderfully entertaining.

Scottish author David Keenan spoke to US composer William Basinski at The Social Gathering last March, a showcase of literature, music and art that was one of the most pleasantly diverting online events during lockdown.

Over the course of a hilarious chat about jewellery, collecting shoes and a tour of Basinski’s Los Angeles home, there was a palpable sense of two artists sharing a common attitude towards grief and humanity. In completely different ways, Basinski and Keenan commemorate lost souls by creating permanence in music and literature, one of the highest achievements of art.

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