Bha­vani Iyer, Au­thor - Anon

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - – Swapna Peri

Can you tell us about your book, Anon? What is it all about?

‘Anon.’ – the ab­bre­vi­a­tion of ‘Anony­mous’ that ev­ery English reader is fa­mil­iar with as the name ap­pear­ing along­side works of un­known parent­age, is a fic­tion­al­ized, imag­ined story of two writ­ers in In­dia whose lives and des­tinies are cos­mi­cally in­ter­twined.

Anon. is a story that deals with the lives, as­pi­ra­tions and the minds of artists, a story that looks into their fears and pho­bias, their jeal­ousies and their de­mons, a story that gen­tly and with un­der­stand­ing un­cov­ers what drives them, what de­stroys them, their Machi­avel­lian meth­ods, their re­la­tion­ship with the art they cre­ate. Anon. is an in­sight into what makes an artist, his mind, his method and his mad­ness. It talks about the world of writ­ers, of a world where Word is God. It delves into the strange re­la­tion­ship that au­thors have with their cre­ations, their sto­ries, the jour­ney they em­bark upon, the depths they plunge into and the tri­umphs they rise to in their process of cre­ation.

Through Anon., one also wishes ask a few ques­tions about the own­er­ship of any cre­ation. What is the an­swer to the burn­ing ques­tion – how do you prove who cre­ated this piece of art? Can the artist do that? Is there a pa­ter­nity test to val­i­date the parent­age of ‘Ham­let’ to Wil­liam Shake­speare or ‘Sun­flow­ers’ to Van Gogh or ‘David’ to Michelan­gelo or ‘Bolero’ to Ravel? Can an artist re­ally claim own­er­ship to his art? Or is he merely a medium to its gen­e­sis? Does a work of art have its own in­de­pen­dent des­tiny that has

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