Humbert Botekin, a disgraced English literature professor, decides to write the definitive biography of his hero Ezra Slef – a world-renowned postmodernist novelist. Slef, however, declines to be interviewed by Botekin and even refuses him access to photographs to use in the biography. Still, the hopelessly deluded Botekin is not easily deterred and he embarks upon the project with great gusto!
Ezra Slef The Next Nobel Laureate in Literature by Andrew Komarnyckyj is an arch and wry black comedy that comes across like Nabokov or Bulgakov, by way of Peter Cook. A cracking read and highly recommended.