His espionage novel stolen by a celebrity ‘sweeper’ author—Archie Lees—embarks on a twelve-month odyssey for literary justice inside the dark worlds of Anglo-American publishing in London New York, Barcelona and Aigues-Mortes. A century after Joyce let Leopold Bloom loose in Dublin, Alba unleashes Archie Lees and a cast of post-Iliadian characters in twelve off-battlefield-war-torn months of literary mania.


Excavating the themes of plagiarism and literary influence, Lou Alba re-categorises categories⏤reanimating modernism, spiked realism, magic realism, poetry, pop, drama, cookbooks, diaries, how-to-books, history texts and metafictional novels⏤re-presenting 20th century writing in a ‘glittering array’ of literary experientialism, defrocking the method  and madness of major and minor literary techniques and reputations in one hundred years of writerly solitude.

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