Waiting for Einstein

TitleWaiting for Einstein
Year for Search1984
AuthorsCox, Nigel(1951-2006)
Date Published1984
PublisherBenton Ross
Place PublishedTakapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
KeywordsAotearoa/New Zealand author, Male author
Annotation

A novel set in contemporary New Zealand in which one of the main characters is writing a dystopian story set in the far future. The entire story is given in the novel and describes a society trying to break an artist to its will because artists acting freely are inherently subversive and destabilizing. The story is written from the point of view of the artist, who is offered privileges if he agrees to cooperate and is severely punished when he doesn't. The ending is unclear in that the artist is moved to an isolated island where he can work as he wishes but where, because of his isolation, he will not pose problems for the regime. The dystopia has a religious basis.

Holding Institutions

ATL, VUW

Author Note

Aotearoa/New Zealand author (1951-2006).

Full Text

1984 Cox, Nigel (1951-2006). Waiting for Einstein. Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand: Benton Ross. ATL, VUW

A novel set in contemporary New Zealand in which one of the main characters is writing a dystopian story set in the far future. The entire story is given in the novel and describes a society trying to break an artist to its will because artists acting freely are inherently subversive and destabilizing. The story is written from the point of view of the artist, who is offered privileges if he agrees to cooperate and is severely punished when he doesn’t. The ending is unclear in that the artist is moved to an isolated island where he can work as he wishes but where, because of his isolation, he will not pose problems for the regime. The dystopia has a religious basis. Aotearoa/New Zealand author.