Nick Cave, the leader of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, has a new novel just out this week called The Death of Bunny Munro. This is Cave’s second novel. His first was called And the Ass Saw the Angel, which was published roughly 20 years ago.
There are some good blurbs on the back of the book, including ones from rock critic Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone and Irvine Welsh, the Scottish novelist.
Nick Cave will obviously live forever, just because the devil’s scared of him. Ever since he stomped out of the junkyard with the Birthday Party, Cave has walked tall in the role of Lucifer’s rock-and-roll boyfriend. – Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
Put Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka and Benny Hill together in a Brighton seaside guesthouse and they might just come up with Bunny Munro. As it stands, though, this novel emerges emphatically as the work of one of the great cross-genre storytellers of our age: a compulsive read possessing all of Nick Cave’s trademark horror and humanity, often thinly disguised in a galloping, playful romp. – Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting
Nick Cave of course will always be known first for his music, but I’d like to think that Cave’s attempts at prose writing fare better than, say, Madonna’s attempts at acting. It seems a natural fit for the writer and singer of sordid love songs should write a book about a sordid love tale. So Cave as novelist is a natural extension of his talents. With activity in the Bad Seeds seemingly slowing down, he apparently had enough free time in his schedule to work on this novel.
And just for amusement, here’s a PDF of an interview from last year that Cave did with Q Magazine. I’ll post it for a couple of days, so get it while the link is still good.
Update (14 September 2009): Nick Cave was reading from his book tonight in NYC at the latest Upstairs at the Square event from Barnes & Noble at Union Square. He was interviewed by cultural journalist Katherine Lanpher. A friend of mine went and scored me an autographed copy of The Death of Bunny Munro. Thanks!