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Mutants: Selected Essays
by Toby Litt
Seagull Books, 2016
Cloth: 978-0-85742-333-7 | eISBN: 978-0-85742-346-7
Library of Congress Classification PR6062.I827A6 2016

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

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