Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Excerpts of Uncorrected Proof

December 2, 2008

See excerpts of Uncorrected Proof by Louisiana Alba on


Review of Uncorrected Proof from (Ms) Literary Minded

November 7, 2008

From (Ms) Literary Minded in Melbourne

Uncorrected Proof – Louisiana Alba
November 7, 2008 – 7:54 am, by LiteraryMinded

ElephantEars Press, 9780955867606, 2008 (UK)

Can something be playfully and overtly postmodern and still be readable – driving you through a compelling plot? Louisiana Alba proves it can be done. Uncorrected Proof is a postmodern novel that entertainingly riffs on form, style, character, tense, person – but with an overall thriller/quest type plot appropriation, it folds you into its delicious bizarro metascapes and humorous oft-satirical, oft-homagical visions.

Somehow Alba (if that’s who she really is… death of the author etc.) incorporates stylistic elements of hard-boiled fiction, screenplays, cookbooks, metafiction, the spy novel, cyberpunk, the literary novel, A Clockwork Orange, Gaelic, intertextuality, memoir and so much more in a book that self-consciously satirises the entire book and publishing industry – authors, editors, publishers – literary celebrity, literary delusions, literary snobbery, literary stupidity and so on.

So what’s it ‘about’? Archie’s novel manuscript has been pilfered and plagiarized by Martyn Varginas, prolific mystery writer. Archie and his friend Cal plot a convoluted revenge through Archie getting work as an editor, and employing a re-plagiarisation of the book by a young hired-gun (or pen, as it were). What follows are kidnappings, political intrigues, sex, jaunts to New York and Paris (from London), Stake-outs, party crashings, a couple of book launches, boardroom drunkenness, author cameo appearances, mean streets, cop/spy banter, and a few disturbing murders.

I was completely absorbed in this book – somehow Alba makes it so easy to read, despite the switcheroos in style, and shifts in narrative drive and character motivation. The book’s title Uncorrected Proof displays irony – those not in bookselling or publishing may be unfamiliar with a ‘proof copy’ or ‘uncorrected proof’ – books that become available before release, oft-unedited versions of the final with spacing, grammatical and typing errors. This ‘published’ book, has a few (tongue-in-cheek) placed throughout.

Alba has worked in publishing, and is actually avoiding traditional distribution methods for the book, keeping in the uber-hip underground spirit of the novel – with a well-handled guerilla internet and out-of-hand distribution system. I came across the author through Facebook.

This book proves to me that extraordinary talent can be represented through shunning traditional publishing methods. This book is inventive, imaginative, and inspiring. It is a unique publication. If you enjoy Italo Calvino or John Fowles, or if you also work or have worked in the book industry, even on the fringes, you would get a great kick out of this novel.

There’s an amazing offer at the moment on the ElephantEars Press website. Postage on Uncorrected Proof FREE to any destination! (world-wide)

See some of you at the Page Seventeen launch tomorrow…

Free Post & Packing from ElephantEars Press

November 2, 2008

ElephantEars Press is offering FREE first class/air mail to ALL DESTINATIONS until the end of 2008.

Buy direct from ElephantEars Press and get post and packing FREE to ANYWHERE.

For UK this means a saving of                  GBP 2.20

For Europe a saving of                            GBP 3.40

For North America a saving of                 GBP 5.00

For Australasia a saving of                      GBP 5.00

“Uncorrected Proof” mailed to your door for GBP 7.99 ONLY

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Elephant’s coming titles

October 24, 2008

Soon to be released in the UK and North America for the first time:

Eric Willmot’s acclaimed novel

Eric Willmot's acclaimed novel

Pemulwuy:The Rainbow Warrior

(From reviews on Amazon)

“This is the story of the resistance of the Aboriginal people to the invasion of their lands. A gripping novel of an aspect of Australia’s contact history not often written about.” saliero (NSW Australia)

“After spending years in the Australian educational system being told there was no resistance to white invasion (settlement) of Australia, reading this book 13 years ago was a revelation. I guess (I hope) there is much more literature around about aboriginal resistance these days, but this book is both educational and a good read. Buying it again.” Kontich (Belgium)

And from a blog:

Pemulwuy is as “fundamental to Australian history as Captain Cook, Joseph Banks, and Mathew Flinders. Pemulwuy is as important to Australian history as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse or Geronimo are to American history.” Posted by: Booker T

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“Uncorrected Proof” with Shakespeare & Company

October 22, 2008
image by Toshio

image by Toshio

A review from LA on Louisiana Alba’s novel

A sly poke at genre fiction, literary untouchables and the publishing industry. Even though I wasn’t able to pick out all the literary styles — and frankly I was so into the story it didn’t matter — when I was able to pick up on an author or style it just added to the fun. A thoroughly enjoyable pulp story…

Paul Duran, LA director and writer (Flesh Suitcase and The Dogwalker), Los Angeles

Uncorrected Proof in Stoke Newington Bookshop

October 22, 2008


Eastside Books
166 Brick Lane
London, E1 6RU
United Kingdom
020 7247 0216

Rye Wholefoods
35 Myddelton Street
London, EC1R 1UA
United Kingdom
020 7278 5878

Shakespeare Company
37, Rue de la Bucherie
Paris, 75005
01 43 25 40 93

Libreria Le citta’ Invisibili
Via Roma, 58017
Pitigliano (GR)

but closest to home is…

Stoke Newington Bookshop
159 Stoke Newington High Street
London, N16 0NY
United Kingdom
020 72492808

Uncorrected Proof in Stoke Newington

June 21, 2008

The value and truth of literary influence

April 16, 2008

In parodying over 100 writers Louisiana Alba both celebrates and critiques them, adding value and re-igniting fiction of twentieth and twenty-first century fiction. In”Uncorrected Proof” Alba asks implicitly: what is a novelist? What does his creative memory and craft truly and uniquely comprise of? Is there such a thing as isolated originality? Are writers unconsciously, even consciously, guided and influenced by writers before them so much so that literature forms a continuity of technique and content?

Shakespeare borrowed story, plot, ideas and craft from his predecessors. He only wrote one play entirely from his imagination – The Tempest. It is hard to see how he could have written so much over time at such a high level without ‘borrowing’ material. Effectively he wrote a play every six months while he co-managed a theatre company and occasionally acted in productions.

Louisiana Alba parodies and cites style creating his own story and writing style . Alba’s style is unique yet at the same time he recognises that the writers he enjoyed and admired in the last century or so of novels also influenced him.

James Joyce parodied earlier writers and followed the Odyssey. In The Waste Land T.S. Eliot borrowed… mercilessly.. not exactly citing as much as raiding in most instances, and not quite telling us the whole story on all the works and writers he visited, many of them unknown from his own era, only how much he borrowed from the distant past.

A writer who isn’t influenced by earlier writing, if there is such a writer, probably hasn’t read anything.

– See Jonathan Lethem’s essay The Ecstasy of Influence in Harpers for more on this subject.