This extract from the novel "The Four-Dimensional Human" by Laurence Scott is presented as part of the UK-Russia Year of language and Literature 2016's New writing from the UK: a competition for Russian translators of English.
The translation is made by Zhanna Perkovskaya (Moscow).
Laurence Scott "The Four-Dimensional Human" (2015)
Genre: Non Fiction
Publisher: William Heinemann
Awards: Named a 'New Generation Thinker' by the Arts and Humanities Council and the BBC. In 2014 he won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction.
Laurence Scott is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing. His essays and criticism appear regularly in The Guardian, the Financial Times, and the London Review of Books, among other publications.
In 2011 he was named one of ten New Generation Thinkers by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3, and is a frequent contributor to programs such as The Essay, Free-Thinking, and the Sunday Feature.
His first book, The Four-Dimensional Human, was published by William Heinemann in 2015 and W. W. Norton in the US. It won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, as well as being named the The Sunday Times Thought Book of the Year.
A constellation of everyday digital phenomena is rewiring our inner lives. We are increasingly coaxed from the three-dimensional containment of our pre-digital selves into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension, a world of ceaseless communication, instant information and global connection. Our portals to this new world have been wedged open, and the silhouette of a figure is slowly taking shape. But what does it feel like to be four-dimensional? How do digital technologies influence the rhythms of our thoughts, the style and tilt of our consciousness? What new sensitivities and sensibilities are emerging with our exposure to the delights, sorrows and anxieties of a networked world? And how do we live in public, with these recoded private lives? Tackling ideas of time, space, friendship, commerce, pursuit and escape, and moving from Hamlet to the ghosts of social media, from Seinfeld to the fall of Gaddafi, from Facebook politics to Oedipus, The Four-Dimensional Human is a highly original and pioneering portrait of life in a digital landscape.