Posted on 29th January 2013

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“Haven’t you ever heard a story about Koschei? He’s only got the one. Act One, Scene One: pretty girl. Act One, Scene Two: pretty girl gone!” Russian folklore, revolutionary rhetoric and the power of storytelling intertwine in Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless, in which a young girl finds herself whisked away from Stalinist Petrograd by Koschei…

Posted on 21st May 2012

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The Quiddity of Will Self

It seems somehow inevitable that Sam Mills’s The Quiddity of Will Self will polarise its readers. Some will bemoan an example of literature eating itself, while others will delight in the dining experience and gain succour from Selfian synonyms as they gobble, gorge and gormandise their way through this darkly comic intertextual feast. In trying…