Tom McCarthy constructs strange worlds where we find reflective echoes of our own and meditations on the meaning and making of art.
Tom McCarthy is a writer and artist from London, England. Since the publication of his ﬁrst novel, Remainder, in 2007—praised by Zadie Smith in The New York Review of Books as “one of the great English novels of the last ten years”—McCarthy’s writing has boldly expanded our conception of what ﬁction should look like and what it can do. In Remainder, an unnamed narrator suﬀers a brain injury and uses the settlement money to stage elaborate reenactments of his memories and dreams. The novel won the 2008 Believer Book Award and, in Smith’s words, “[oﬀered] a glimpse of an alternate road down which the novel might, with diﬃculty, travel forward.” His two subsequent novels, Men in Space and C, further rupture and revise conventional understandings of the individual self in relation to his world; C was a ﬁnalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. McCarthy is also a founder and General Secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-ﬁctitious network of writers, philosophers, and artists intervening “against idealism in philosophy and idealist or transcendent conceptions of art.” His novel Satin Island (2015) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize.
I’m very happy to receive the inaugural award, and I particularly look forward to visiting Yale.TOM MCCARTHY