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After an epic-build-up and some frantic checking of proofs and the distribution of review copies, Clinicality Press can now proudly announce the release of Christopher Nosnibor’s far-out genre-smashing anti-novel This Book is Fucking Stupid in paperback.

On the one hand, This Book is a story of two friends whose lives have taken different paths, a tale of frustration and the social pressure to conform and to succeed. On the other, it’s a social critique and an analysis of reader reviews and the changing face of literary criticism, all with annotations and reflections on both the creative process and the story itself. Confused? You will be.

At the heart of this radical novel that dismantles the very notion of ‘the novel’ lies a thought-provoking work that challenges notions of authorship and the distinctions that separate theory, criticism, fiction and memoir. This Book forges a touching tale of midlife anxiety in the postmodern age of late capitalism and information overload through an ambitous and ingenius synergy of form and content.

Containing additional material not included in either the original Smashwords e-book version or the 50 Shades of Shit Kindle exclusive second edition, the print edition sees Nosnibor really ratchets up the audacious polemic and smashes every aspect of contemporary (pseudo) literary and mainstream fiction and the publishing industry with brain-bending results.

This Book is priced £8.99. It can be purchased via this link, and will be available globally through Amazon in due course.

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Call us opportunistic arseholes if you like – we don’t give a fuck as long as we get some exposure and people by our books. And Clinicality Press is all about selling books. Actually, we’re all about great writing – not classically or technically great writing, necessarily, but exciting writing, writing that stirs things up and makes readers think and feel.

So we’re shamelessly proud to announce that July 2012 will see the publication of the expanded second edition of Christopher Nosnibor’s audacious anti-novel / (self)critical text This Book is Fucking Stupid. Subtitled ‘Fifty Shades of Shit’, it sounds the death knell of the postmodern era and will be available exclusively on Amazon Kindle.

Dates, prices and other minor details to follow. Stay with us…

The first edition of This Book is available as an e-book in every format you could dream of through Smashwords, currently priced at $2.99.

Christopher Nosnibor’s latest literary assault takes his quest for literary self-annihilation to a new level and poses the question: is this the end of the novel?

Ben and Stuart are old friends. Having known one another since school, they’ve grown up together and remained friends into adulthood. But now into their thirties, their lives have taken very different paths, and they’re now very different people, leading very different lives, following different careers. Ben is a conformist: office job, moderately successful, and teetering on the brink of a premature midlife crisis. Stuart is a rebellious non-conformist, a lifelong student and a writer who sneers at the humdrum and derides ‘corporate sell-outs.’

Ben is tortured by the tedium of his job and struggling with his work / life balance and worries about money and living a life unfulfilled, while Stuart worries about his thesis and living a life unfulfilled and pretends not to care about money. But are they really so very different?

However, true to form, Nosnibor shatters all semblance of continuity to forge a work that stretches what can be considered a novel to breaking point. Identities crumble beneath the weight of self-negating ideas and linear narrative dissolves in a corrosive tsunami of conflicting concepts and contradictory commentaries. This Book is Fucking Stupid is a challenging and labyrinthine work designed to confuse, bewilder and frustrate, as well an beguile, amuse and entertain. This Book may be stupid, or it may be a work of genius. Either way, it’s a book like no other.

Boasting a title that borders on the unmarketable and is guaranteed to be blocked by most retailers, This Book is Fucking Stupid is arguably the very definition of commercial suicide. The narrative form eschews literary conventions such as character development and linear plot progression, and instead focuses on a brief period of stasis in the lives of two friends who are growing apart.

Yet beneath it all is a thought-provoking work that challenges notions of authorship and the distinctions that separate theory, criticism, fiction and memoir, and amongst the rubble there lies a touching tale of friendship and anxiety in the postmodern age of late capitalism and information overload.

This Book is Fucking Stupid will be published via Smashwords as an e-book by Clinicality Press on 1st April 2012.

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