Robert James Tootell
Here is a quick list of my literary efforts so far:
A Cafe in Kazimierz and other stories (Paperback, 2002)
Krakow Stories and Stranger Things Than This (Paperback, 2008)
Krakow Stories and Stranger Things Than This (E-book, 2009)
Stranger Things Than This (E-book, 2010)
Selected Stories and Poems (E-book, 2011)
Five Stories for Makers of Short Films (E-book, 2012)
Luke (E-book, 2012)
Clootie's Cover (E-book, 2012)
Kiskutya (E-book, 2012)
I'm currently studying for an MA in Scriptwriting at Glamorgan University, and recommend it for anyone and everyone who is interested in learning this craft - it's a brilliant course with brilliant tutors.
Back to me! Here are some of my favourite stories and books:
The Three Lilies by Jan Neruda;
In a Far Distant Land, Light Breathing, In Paris, et al, by Ivan Bunin;
The Bishop, The Artist's Story, Rothchild's Fiddle, by Anton Chekhov;
Red Cavalry, The Tales of Odessa, by Isaac Babel;
Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal;
Gimpel the Fool, The Cabalist of East Broadway, by IB Singer;
Klingsor's Last Summer by Hermann Hesse.
Dark Avenues by Ivan Bunin;
The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell;
The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller;
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves;
The Radetsky March by Joseph Roth;
The Red and the Black by Stendhal;
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino;
War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy;
The Drowned and the Saved, Moments of Reprieve, by Primo Levi.
Currently living in France and writing for radio.
Where to find Robert James Tootell online
Kiskutya - A Musician's Tale
Set within the 'corner-cafes' of Budapest and across the Great Hungarian Plain, a musician scores the preludes of loss in search of the woman who called herself 'atheist scorpion'...
A few million heads are missing in Heaven. Strange scratches and signs appear all over the place. God and St Peter are forced to investigate some decidedly odd doings on the third planet and come up against Clootie, the old man of the village... Hold on to your aureoles!
Luke, and his friend the Moon, take a journey to a strange and troubling land to compete against the 'Princess' in a terrifying game of chess. A journey of discovery.
Five Stories for Makers of Short Films
Five stories to whet the appetite of film makers from all over the world. With the numbers of short film festivals increasing year on year, here are five unusual and thought-provoking stories which can be adapted into memorable short films. Copyright to these original stories are up for grabs.
Selected Stories and Poetry
This is a collection of stories and poetry taken from various other publications in paperback and ebook forms.
Stranger Things Than This
Collection of early stories from the author's European travels. Humour and tragedy interlaced in these tales which take the reader on a emotion-filled trip through France, Hungary, Spain and the UK.
Two books in one - a collection of stories about the people and legends of Krakow and Poland, as well as a further collection of early stories entitled 'Stranger Things Than This'. 28 stories in total.
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