Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey

WED, SEP 15, 2004 (36:14)

Fiction writer Dan Rhodes discusses his new novel, Timoleon Vieta Come Home.

Rattling around his dilapidated farmhouse in the Italian countryside, faded composer and socialite Cockroft has only one constant companion: Timoleon Vieta, a loyal mongrel with beautiful eyes. When a handsome but surly individual arrives on the scene, Cockroft is forced to choose between his dog and the new arrival. He abandons Timoleon outside Rome's Coliseum, where the dog begins a long journey home.

Dan Rhodes has published two collections of short fiction: Anthropology: and a Hundred Other Stories (2000), which contains short, darkly humorous stories about romantic relationships, and Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love (2001), which consists of seven longer stories on a similar theme. Rhodes also was recently named by Granta one of 20 "Best Young British Novelists." Timoleon Vieta Come Home is his first novel.

+ BIO: Dan Rhodes

Dan Rhodes was born in 1972. He studied Humanities at the University of Glamorgan and later returned there for an MA in Writing, which he completed in 1997. He has worked on a fruit and vegetable farm, in the stockroom of a book shop, behind the bar of his parents' pub, as a teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, and, sporadically, as a full-time writer.

He has published two collections of short fiction: Anthropology: And a Hundred Other Stories (2000), which contains very short, darkly humorous stories about romantic relationships, and Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love (2001), which consists of seven longer stories on a similar theme. His first novel, Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey, was published in April 2003, and is about a dog's travels across Italy. This was followed by Little White Car (2004). Dan Rhodes was recently named by Granta magazine as one of twenty 'Best of Young British Novelists'. His latest novel is Gold (2007), shortlisted for the 2008 Catherine Maclean Prize.

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