Last week, Nick Cave’s second book – the follow-up to 1989’s Southern Gothic tale And the Ass Saw the Angel– was released in the UK and North America. Set in Brighton, it follows cosmetics salesman Bunny Munro’s attempts to cope with life, fatherhood, and his libido in the aftermath of his wife’s death.
The book is to be released in 31 countries worldwide in hardback, as an audiobook (with musical accompaniment by Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollock) and an iPhone app. Last night at the Southbank Centre, Cave described the presentation of this novel as a departure from the currently stifiling distribution methods of music, and explained that the app would allow the reader to scroll through the pages of the book on an iPhone, then click a word and let the audiobook (or in some cases videobook) version take over. He also expressed concern over poor translations of the book, stating that the delicate balance of the language may only come across in English.
The Death of Bunny Munro will tour Europe in October as part of an evening of words and music with Nick Cave, and further book readings will take place in New York and across the UK.