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Win copies of Wu Ming’s Altai and Manituana! (published 23/02/2014)

3:AM and Verso Books are giving away 5 copies of both of Wu Ming‘s historical epics.

Wu Ming are a collective of Italian writers who have redefined the notions of collaboration and identity in modern literature. Following their bestselling novel Q, the group crafted Manituana — a genre–breaking reimagining of the Revolutionary War. Now comes Altai, a swashbuckling thriller that follows the enigmatic Emanuele De Zante, spy-catcher and secret agent, as he embarks on a trans-European odyssey through the 16th Century.

For your chance to win both these novels, we’ve devised a quick quiz. Every day for 5 days we’ll be releasing a question through our Twitter feed. The questions will focus on Wu Ming’s work and unique writing process. Just send us an e-mail with your answers to all five questions at the end of this week and we’ll notify the 5 lucky winners!

Fractals Paris Launch (published 22/02/2014)

Fractals, Joanna Walsh‘s short-story collection, published by 3:AM Press, will be given its Paris launch at Shakespeare and Company on Monday 24 February at 7pm. You can order the book online here.

The Missing Links (published 10/02/2014)

William Gass on Musil and the hovering life. * William Gass interviewed by Douglas Glover (audio). * Rorschach Audio on the radio transmissions in Cocteau’s Orphée. * The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf, 1937. * Mina Loy‘s “Feminist Manifesto” (via). * An interview with Micheline Aharonian Marcom. * Deborah Levy in The Observer. * Peter Greenaway‘s portrait of John Cage (via). * Philip Glass speaks. * An interview with Steve Reich. * A portrait of composer Eliane Radigue. * The correspondence between Nabokov and Hitchcock. * Nabokov‘s notecards for Lolita. * Borges‘s lecture on the metaphor delivered at Harvard in 1967. * Metaphor as extratemporal moment in Proust and Musil. * A Laszlo Krasznahorkai reading list by Stephen Sparks. * On misunderstanding WG Sebald. * Ben Marcus interviewed in The Rumpus. * Stuart Hall R.I.P. * Sean O’Hagan on the gentrification of British culture. * Simon Critchley and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman happy talk.  * Celebrating Derek Jarman. * Inside Derek Jarman. * Clarice Lispector TV interview. * Nicholas Shakespeare on Clarice Lispector. * Anti-Oedipus, 40 years on. * An interview with Perry Meisel about “imitation modernism” and the state of critical theory. * Johnny Rotten recording the vocals for “Anarchy in the UK“. * Who remembers John Lydon on the revived Jukebox Jury in 1979? * When we were still Surrealists. * Why read literature in the digital age? * Greil Marcus on Bookworm, 1989. * Nico. * The pram in the hall. * I predict a Pussy Riot. * Exene Cervenka. * Ben Lerner on the framing of art and life in The Flamethrowers: “‘There is no way you can frame it’ — part of the achievement of The Flamethrowers is to frame the liberatory and dangerous energies that attend breaking down the frame that separates art and life. In a sense, this is the novel at its most traditional: Miguel de Cervantes warns us against mistaking courtly romances with real life in Don Quixote (1605); Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1856) updates that theme”. * Rachel Kushner in The Quietus. * Leaving the Atocha Station reviewed. * The infamy of literature. * Broken Dimanche Press: [Tom] McCarthy stated early in his career in no uncertain terms that it was the artworld and not the literary where the committed novelist would find a home. Almost a decade later this is more the case than ever, indeed it feels now that fiction, poetry and a speculative realism that is ready to leave postmodernism to the wayside are all now firmly in the clutches of the international contemporary art machine”. * An extract from an interview with Geoff Dyer. * “Boundaries” by Brian Dillon. * Brian Dillon in The Brooklyn Rail. * Revisiting this interview with Brian Dillon. * Matt Wolf and Jon Savage. * Lewis Carroll’s life in pictures. * Shelagh Delaney. * Hanif Kureishi on what they don’t teach at creative writing school. * Bad Brains, 1980.  * Robert Walser‘s A Schoolboy’s Diary. * Alasdair Gray on his love of fable. * Darran Anderson needs no introduction here. * Darran Anderson on William Burroughs. * Barry Miles’s Burroughs biography reviewed. * Will Self on William Burroughs, and Clapham. * William Burroughs on TV, 1981. * Darran Anderson on David Lynch‘s photography. * Photography and the unseen. * Ruin lust. * Leica turns 100. * Saul Leiter: the anti-celebrity photographer. * Joe Strummer‘s handwritten lyrics for “London Calling“. * Writers and brands. * Gerald Murnane (video). * Who killed the radio star? * London Fictions. * Unfinishable. * Another way of thinking. * Is any word untranslatable? * Rebecca Solnit (podcast). * Paul Auster‘s Collected Prose. * On Blanqui. * Ezra Pound‘s 23 don’ts for writing poetry. * The Swinger. * Jonathan Lethem talks Dissident Gardens. * Jonathan Lethem on Knausgaard. * In the Sontag archive. * A tribute to Snatch (audio). * On California. * Erotissimo, 1968. * The art of Franz Kafka. * The Kafka video game. * On Michel Foucault‘s La Société punitive. * Imagined books and phantom islands. * The truth about the Nordic miracle. * Who stole my ads? * The Belgian Popcorn scene. * Satan bouche un coin, 1968. * Frustration live at the Europunk festival in Paris. * A lengthy interview with Kyle Minor. * Denigrating your enemies Shakespeare-style. * A better tomorrow. * BS Johnson on The Unfortunates (video). * When Jesus danced with the Sex Pistols. * Sheila Heti interviewed. * The secret sex lives of famous people. * The art of tripping. * An interview with Philip Kitcher. * A secret history of Ballardian film adaptations. * Rountable on everydayness and the event (via). * Philip Roth has no desire to write anymore. * Four commercials directed by Ed Wood. * WG Sebald‘s A Place in the Country reviewed. * Mickey Mouse in Vietnam. * Sid Vicious. * The Brits who built the modern world. * TC Boyle reads Donald Barthelme. * James Bridle on Tony White and internet dating. * Scary TS Eliot. * [Pic]

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