MONTAGUE KOBBÉ is a German citizen with a Shakespearean name, born in Caracas, in a country that no longer exists, in a millennium that is long gone. During the past decade he has resided in Bristol, Leeds, London, Munich, Madrid and Anguilla – a recondite Leeward Island to which he has had ties for over 30 years.
His debut novel The Night of the Rambler (Akashic: NYC, 2013) deals with revolution and human dignity, and it earned a mention in the 2014 Premio Casa de las Américas for best English or Creole-language Caribbean book. His second novel, On the Way Back is set in the Caribbean island of Anguilla, and tackles issues of racial and social prejudice with a dose of humour. He is also the author of the bilingual collection of flash fiction Tales of Bed Sheets and Departure Lounges / Historias de camas y aeropuertos (Dog Horn: UK, 2014).
An expert chiromancer and telepathist, his work features regularly in Sint Maarten’s The Daily Herald and somewhat more sporadically in the Spanish portal fronterad.com. He has been published in The New York Times, the TLS, the Miami Herald, Venezuela’s El Nacional and Chile’s Mercurio among many others, and for ten years has kept the blog MEMO FROM LA-LA LAND. He recently co-edited Crude Words: Contemporary Writing from Venezuela (Ragpicker Press, 2016), a collection of thirty texts by thirty Venezuelan authors – the first collection of its kind published in book format in English language.
Want to have a word? Send me a line to montycobbe [at] gmail [dot] com.