Scratches on the Air
Leeds: Peepal Tree, 2010.
PS8555.H3924 S37 2010
… explores the connections between writing and living, the desire to make a mark but the consciousness of living in a hotel where the doors never stop turning, where the attempt to create is an ‘urge of sand at the mercy of the wind’. … What there is are webs of sounds, webs of moments of connection, and Chan is particularly moving in his reflections on those moments of connection within the domestic cycle.
With a world set between the prairies of Canada and Guyanese memory, Brian Chan keeps alive a vision of essential human freedom from nationalism and commerce, where comfort’s ‘the smoothest corruption’.