‘Kontakte and Other Stories’ by Jonathan Taylor


-Reviewed by Ralph Jones

If music be the food of love, Jonathan Taylor probably receives a lot of Valentine’s cards. His short story collection Kontakte and Other Stories is infused with musicality and manages, much like a good tune, to linger in the head long after it is over.

It is clear that Taylor is an author profoundly aware of the history and ambitions of his storytelling. In an article on the topic he provides an interesting dissection of the symbiotic nature of music and fiction, and with this cross-over in mind his commitment to ‘challenging, subverting and reinventing’ conventional language is commendable. As he notes, the association between the two art forms has a history that can claim figures like Poe, Balzac, Strauss and Schubert as its participants. Writers wish to write poetry that is musical but composers still aspire to convey poetry in their music. The genre…

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