Bhavani Iyer, Author - Anon
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