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Dr Alistair Brown
Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


After the edge of the storm, silence stalks
The room. We follow it with our eyes, finding
In the corner the shape of a country in paint, a mark
We never knew, the time on the clock, anything
Everywhere but you. Somewhere on the wall's a
Logical plan for how we ran our words
So well, fronting in a moment of two just
rights. Something squeaks. Silence turns.
After the silence leaves we sit in silence.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: argument, silence, relationships, poem

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