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Mutants Selected Essays

by Toby Litt

Mutants Selected Essays Synopsis

Toby Litt is best known for his hip-lit fiction, which, in its sharing of characters and themes across numerous stories and novels, has always taken an unusual, hybrid form. In Mutants, he applies his restless creativity to nonfiction. The book brings together twenty-six essays on a range of diverse topics, including writers and writing, and the technological world that informs and underpins it. Each essay is marked by Litt's distinct voice, heedless of formal conventions and driven by a curiosity and a determination to give even the shortest piece enough conceptual heft to make it come alive. Taken as a whole, these pieces unexpectedly cohere into a manifesto of sorts, for a weirder, wilder, more willful fiction. Praise for Toby Litt A genuinely individual talent with a positive relish for dealing with the contemporary aspects of the modern world. --Scotsman Toby Litt is awfully good--he gives something new every time he writes. --Muriel Spark He has invented a fresh, contemporary style--it will sing in the ears of this generation. --Malcolm Bradbury

Mutants Selected Essays Press Reviews

Addressed primarily to aspiring writers, Litt's essays collected in Mutants both derogate conventional prose and point the way to alternatives. He offers the sort of advice you won't get from editors and literary agents at writing conferences, neither groups of which can meet their interlocking quarterly profit goals if you are too independent of spirit and technique. --On the Seawall

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857423337
Publication date: 13th May 2016
Author: Toby Litt
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Literary essays,

About Toby Litt

Toby Litt is the author of three collections of short stories and eight novels, including Life-Like, also published by Seagull Books.

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