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  • Published: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784875169
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

Smiling in Slow Motion




'The life-affirming expression of an artist engaged in living to the full' The Times

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NEIL BARTLETT

'The life-affirming expression of an artist engaged in living to the full' The Times

Smiling in Slow Motion is Derek Jarman’s last journal, stretching from May 1991 until a fortnight before his death in February 1994. Jarman writes with his trademark humour and candour about friends and enemies, as he races through his final years of film-making, gardening and radical political protest.

Written from Jarman’s Charing Cross Road flat, his famed garden at Dungeness, and finally from his bed in St Bartholomew's Hospital, Jarman meditates on his own deteriorating health and the loss of his contemporaries. Yet Smiling in Slow Motion is not simply a chronicle of illness and regret: it is, at its heart, one of endeavour, determination and pride.

  • Published: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784875169
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman was born in London in 1942. His career spanned decades and genres, from painter, theatre designer, director, film maker, to poet, writer, campaigner and gardener. His features include Sebastiane (1976), Jubilee (1978), Caravaggio (1986), The Last of England (1987), Edward II (1991) and Blue (1993). His paintings – for which he was a Turner Prize nominee in 1986 – continue to be exhibited worldwide, and his garden in Dungeness remains a site of pilgrimage to fans and newcomers alike.

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Praise for Smiling in Slow Motion

Gossipy, candid, funny, and, as Jarman’s illness takes hold, powerfully moving

Choice Magazine

Present on every page is the creative sparkle and compellingly generous spirit of a man who was in every way an uncompromising individual

The Times

In these diaries... the artist and film director emerges as a down-to-earth visionary... this perceptive and enjoyable work is something of a miracle

Independent

For all his anger, Jarman never seems brutalised. He retains his humanity and his good humour. His is a wonderfully garrulous, mercurial, polymathic daemon

Literary Review

Jarman [is] the sort of troublemaking visionary who one day may be compared with Blake

John Gill, Time Out

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