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Interview: Michael Moorcock on “Kabul”

Michael MoorcockTell us a bit about “Kabul.”

It’s story in a sequence of stories from the point of view of a Russian agent in London, mostly, leading up to the third world war. The recurring central character, a Jew, describes his experiences of those years until he is called into action with a Cossack division of cavalry in a world ravaged by nuclear strikes.

 

Was “Kabul” personal to you in any way?  If so, how?

All my stories are very personal.  I wrote this sequence over forty years.

 

Can you tell us about any research you may have done for this story?

I have been interested in modern Soviet-Russian history for fifty years.

 

What would you want a reader to take away from “Kabul?”

The complexity of a world virtually destroyed by simple answers.

 

Why do you write?

Apart from music, I know no other way to make a living.  I’ve been doing it professionally for 65 years!

 

Who do you consider to be your influences?

In this case Isaac Babel, one of the great Russo-Ukrainian writers of the 20th century.

There are several fb pages where I can be contacted, including Jeremiah Cornelius and The Multiversal Resort.  A website, Moorcocks Miscellany, also exists.

 

“Kabul” appears in the 70th Anniversary Issue of F&SF.

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