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Podcast Episode 14

The Death of Francis Bacon

with Max Porter
Hosted by Robert J Wiersema

The Death of Francis Bacon

with Max Porter
Hosted by Robert J Wiersema
Max Porter

Join us for a conversation between Robert J. Wiersema and Booker-Nominee Max Porter about his latest book, The Death of Francis Bacon . 


Francis Bacon is on his deathbed. Max Porter reimagines his final dying fever dreams in a magisterial appreciation of one of the greatest artists of all time. It is as filthy, clever, luminescent, dark and wild as Bacon himself.


In this bold and brilliant short work of experimental fiction by the author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny, Max Porter inhabits Francis Bacon in his final moments, translating into seven extraordinary written pictures the explosive final workings of the artist's mind. Writing as painting rather than about painting, Porter lets the images he conjures speak for themselves as they take their revenge on the subject who wielded them in life.


Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.


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