The Renne-sur-mer film festival on the French Riviera is invaded by young protesters pouring through the town and kidnapping an American producer, Larry Winsteeg, off the street, taking him as their hostage as they occupy a cinema and demand reforms.
As demonstrators fight authorities on land, out to sea a Russian film impresario mounts a film promotion. Wires from a helicopter transporting his Shark in a tea-cup art-piece snap, the cup disintegrating as it crashes onto a swimming platform, the shark flying out and swallowing a speedboat driver.
Renne-Sur-Mer descends into ten days of pandemonium.
In times of seizure and dysfunctionality all over the globe,
ElephantEars Press offers Lou Alba’s new novel.
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His espionage novel stolen by a celebrity ‘sweeper’ author, Archie Lees embarks on a twelve-month odyssey for literary justice inside the dark book 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 supporting cast of post-Iliadian characters in twelve off-battlefield war-torn months of literary mania.
Excavating and ransacking 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 postmodernist, metafictional novels⏤re-presenting 20th century writing in a ‘glittering array’ of literary experientialism, parodically defrocking the method and madness of major and minor literary techniques and reputations in one hundred years of writerly solitude.