Chin Wag At The Slaughterhouse: Interview With D.M. Thomas

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DM Thomas is best known for his novel The White Hotel, a number one bestseller. It is the compelling, profound story of a woman undergoing psychoanalysis, a verse novel which excavates the predicament of its central character with beauty and humanity. It is one of the great seminal novels about psychoanalysis and the erotic drive towards the irrational. DM Thomas was sued for $4.2 million over the attempted making of the film of the novel, and I find out why in my interview.

DM Thomas is also the author of numerous highly acclaimed poetry books. He has written a groundbreaking biography of Solzhenitsyn, and translated numerous Russian poets, among them Pushkin. He has a new verse novel out, Vintage Ghosts, which relates to the experiences of a group of mostly old men who regularly look at and write to a website full of vintage images. DM Thomas joined me at The Slaughterhouse where we talked about his career and the influence of psychoanalysis on it.


Find D.M. Thomas at his website and Goodreads author page and blog

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5 Responses to Chin Wag At The Slaughterhouse: Interview With D.M. Thomas

  1. AJ Hayes says:

    I was rapt. This conversation was a time machine sailing a fractal universe of enormous span. Each inquiry started one way and then flowered out into something quite . . . else. I was a bit reminded of sitting on the screen porch on a summer evening down south and watching the fire flies. Each light sparked with a different burst of color. Each color another idea. I knew right away that I was in the presence of a poet, of course. The span was daunting: Freud, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Hollywood producers, E-books crowding shoulders with zillion dollar lawsuits, bombs falling on the Balkans and a female poet writing her words on paper then, after making her friend memorize them, touching the fragile paper to a candle flame because Uncle Joe’s guys were breathing down her neck. I was so caught up that, if someone had touched me on the shoulder while I was listening, I would have come out of the chair, hackles at attention, ready to fight or flee. As I said, gentlemen, quite a span. Remarkable. Thank you for taking me along on the ride.

  2. Yet another interview that demonstrates pretty handily that Richard, you sir, are the best interviewer on the net right now.

    The conversation was beyond fascinating. I unfortunately wholeheartedly agree with the assessment that the publishing industry has no clue whatsoever what they’re doing. I also must agree, again unfortunately, that the culture is now such that the world is one that only wants instant gratification and thus doesn’t pay attention to anything worthy of their time and instead wastes their time on the flavor of the moment.

    The works of D.M. Thomas are now on the top of my must-read list.

    Excellent conversation, gentlemen.

  3. What a special treat to find this day. I really enjoyed this.

  4. JD Mader says:

    I love when intelligent, thoughtful people converse. Really amazing stuff here. Thank you for taking the time, both of you, to share your thoughts. I have some reading to do.

  5. richardgodwin says:

    Thank you Don for giving a great and engaging interview.

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