• Guillermo Stitch

Another review...

Right from the opening chapter Literature® pulls its reader into a strange and compelling world in which fiction has been outlawed and reading has become an act of terrorism. This is a world in which a large – and, of course, somewhat sinister – corporation sets out to apply the power of story to the ‘wider human project’; keeping traffic moving and getting people to work. This industrialisation of the otherwise prohibited materials uses only the most ‘functional’ of stories and pushes anything experimental or literary deep underground.

Taking place over the course of a single, action packed day in the life of its protagonist, Billy Stringer, the narrative zips along at a thrilling pace. Appropriately named, Stringer is a sports correspondent for a newspaper who is recruited to join the production line churning out acceptable literature for the roads. This offer sets in motion a frenzy of activity for Stringer who has to sweat and squirm his way through the menacing recruitment process while trying to dispose of some compromising material of his own. As well as zipping forward in plot, the narrative also takes us back to happier times, as the trope of an absent girlfriend is turned into a rather touching love story.

A clever interweaving of speculative fiction, dystopian vision, and classic noir, what’s most striking about Literature® is the quality of the writing. The prose is lean and spare with moments of beauty fizzing through showing just enough of the ‘literary bent’ so dangerous to our hero. It is also very funny.

Literature® is a highly engaging and entertaining read – thoroughly recommended, especially for those of us who like to read on our commutes.


Recent Posts

See All

More reviews

A few more very pleasing reviews are in, from The Mantle —"Brilliant tragicomedy...every character is an eccentric blend of caricature and nuance...takes the absurdist satire to its logical extreme."

Review at Books Ireland

A slightly baffled but entertained Kevin Kiely reviews for Books Ireland. Deepest thanks.

Review at Totally Dublin

"Guillermo Stitch’s Lake of Urine is a wild ride, which from the get-go sets out its terms and conditions: ‘If anybody tells you this story isn’t true they are lying. It is a true story; I am lying if