THE RIVOLI BAR IN THE RITZ, BENNELONG IN THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, ALONG THE GRAN' CANALE IN VENICE, THE PLAINS OF ABYSSINIA, NEAR THE CASTLE IN PRAGUE, ARE ALL LOCATIONS IN 'THE SEARCH FOR GABRIELLA', AN ACTION/ADVENTURE, ROMANCE, DETECTION, THRILLER.
Incho Blink interviews John Problem about 'The Search for Gabriella'.
IB: You've said your book is a post-modern-novel.
What is the definition of post-modern in connection with a novel?
JP: It means the author doesn’t have to stick to the old ways of writing novels - with a hero, a heroine, narrative and a clear-cut beginning and end.
IB: So your new novel doesn’t have any of those?
JP: Yes and no. It has four or five heroes all of whom act independently, and it has four heroines.
IB: Does it have a narrative?
JP: Actually, it has five narratives.
IB: Five. Right. And where is it set?
JP: In London, Venice, Prague and Abyssinia.
JP: Yes, Abyssinia plays one of the seven key locations in the plot.
IB: I forgot to ask you what type of novel it is - what genre?
JP: Well. It’s a mystery story. And also an action/adventure story. It’s historical, but also contemporary. It’s a romance - well, there are three romances in it. And it jumps back and forth in time. And it contains two screenplays.