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Spit Roast

When international celebrity footballer John Tao is caught with his pants down by the paparazzi will all things remain the same in the digitalised world set in the near future? With the Chinese economy dominating, there is no autonomy without privacy. John Tao’s highly publicized life constantly collides with that of a myriad of characters who come in contact with him. Be it the journalist who sleeps with him to get the dirt on him, or his uncle Raymond Lee’s quest making restitution for a violent crime he witnessed in his childhood. Revolving around Tao, these characters undergo epiphanic transformations and all through this psychedelic journey of life itself is the concept of spit-roast, where all the individuals are screwed over by life. Spit Roast mind-bendingly transgresses the boundaries of species, sexuality, and gender. We traverse the entire life of one man, woman, and beast, knowing no boundaries, and ceasing to conform. Wherever we go, wherever anyone goes, John Tao is incarnate in everyone’s life, spit roasting the central perk of a half-a-million-a-week salary. From his disturbing days to John Tao’s blissful retirement Spit Roast dissects a man and a culture on the brink.

Jason Lee is the author/editor of 15 books, with work translated into 12 languages. Previous novels include Unholy Days (also published by ROMAN Books), and Dr Cipriano’s Cell. Other books include The Psychology of Screenwriting, Lost Passports, Seeing Galileo, Pervasive Perversions, Cultures of Addiction, Madness and the Savage, and The Metaphysics of Mass Art. He is Professor of Culture and Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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Sir Arthur’s Folly

England, 1871. It is all very well for Arthur Harrington to decide that he will not marry until he is thirty. Fate decrees otherwise and within one week he has fallen in love with two women; one most unsuitable and one absolutely perfect. The trouble is his head and his body are at variance. Which should he heed?

He then commits the worst folly. He proposes to one while acknowledging to himself that he is in love with the other. There follows a comedy of errors until Arthur finds out the true character of the girl he has proposed to. She has a dark secret, one that will rock Arthur’s world.

Will he manage to extricate himself in time to secure the love of the girl who will make him truly happy?

Andrea Taylor has lived in America, Singapore, Scotland and England. She studied Astrology after university and while raising her children she embarked on a career of teaching and counselling before turning her hand to her greatest love, fiction writing.

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Selfie and Other Stories

Intense and atmospheric, sometimes funny and always honest, these stories are narratives about women in love, in confusion, in isolation. Nadjarian writes about love and loss, human contact and entanglement with the haunting resonance of dream and fable. Her characters are all searching for something missing from their seemingly ordinary lives and the spare, nuanced prose gives the reader a glimpse into their secrets, fears and, essentially, the human heart.

Nora Nadjarian lives in Nicosia, Cyprus. She has published three collections of poetry: The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man (2004). Her second poetry collection Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004. In addition to a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006) and a book of fairy-tale inspired microfiction Girl, Wolf, Bones (2011), she has had work published online and in journals in the UK, the United States, Australia and elsewhere. Her stories have won prizes and commendations in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Binnacle International Ultra-Short Competition and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize.

‘Nora Nadjarian’s remarkable stories demonstrate the infinite flexibility and potential of the short story form. They are at once poignant, witty, stylish, and beautifully observed miniatures of magic realism. They manage to be both experimental, pushing the boundaries of the form outwards, and instantly engaging. This is a wonderful collection of mingling, overlapping, conflicting and converging voices.’ JONATHAN TAYLOR

‘A compelling and poetic collection of short stories with a dark underbelly, full of raw emotion and human truth. Stories of women making sense, taking action and nursing wounds inflicted by men, by fate and historic events, by dark family secrets and haunting memories.’  EVE MAKIS

‘Nora Nadjarian’s distilled short stories are abrupt and intense, as invigorating and aromatic as a double shot of literary espresso.’  ANJALI JOSEPH

‘Nadjarian is a gifted wrier and in this book, she is at the top of her game.’  LEE WRIGHT, Everybody’s Reviewing

Selfie and Other Stories is an intriguing and original collection of writing. It not only challenges the conventions of the short story format, but on a deeper level, has an innovative and illuminating view on how we interpret and describe reality.’  JENNY BOOTH, Sabotage Reviews

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Samuel Beckett and Encounter of Philosophy and Literature

How does philosophy think? How does Beckett’s literature think? Are they different ways of thinking the same? Samuel Beckett and the Encounter of Philosophy and Literature is an assortment of critical investigations re-reading the complex encounter between Beckett’s works and the discourses of philosophy. It marks an effort to read Beckett’s texts in various conjunctive and disjunctive possibilities where they encounter philosophy, bringing in the domain of theatrical performance and its own philosophical potential. The book is concerned with the discursive traffic which goes on between philosophy and literature, a traffic in which Beckett is a representative and symptomatic figure. It examines Beckett’s reception by a series of philosophically important proper names like Blanchot, Deleuze, Badiou, Critchley and Derrida—thinkers who have responded in one way or another to the challenge of Beckett’s works. It also intends to read Beckett alongside thinkers who did not or could not respond to Beckett due to their absence in Beckett’s time and vice versa. A classic and relevant example of the relation between Beckett and 20th century philosophers, is an approach of his works through Hegel. In this case, as in others, mutual absence paves the way for the encounter.

The articles in the volume seek to explore the problematic traffic where Beckett is upheld by philosophers who try to incorporate him in their own philosophical systems, and how Beckett in turn slips away and reshapes the philosophical discourses with the irreducible singularity of his works. In the process we encounter a Beckett who seems to be the favourite writer of 20th century philosophy, but also another Beckett whose works offer an innate resistance to philosophical ideation, revealing thus a fascinating ability to exhaust philosophical as well as hermeneutic operations. The book revisits the strong philosophical propensity within Beckett Studies with new critical accents like archival scholarship, Indian philosophy, the philosophical discursification of the literary proper name, and with fresh critical approaches like reading Beckett as a symptom of the dispute between two different conceptions of philosophical language: the Continental and the Analytic.

Arka Chattopadhyay studied in India at Presidency College, University of Calcutta, and Jadavpur University. He has taught in colleges and universities in India and is currently researching at the University of Western Sydney. He has published on Beckett in international Journals like Miranda and Samuel Beckett Today.

James Martell studied Philosophy at the University of Kansas and Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. He has published on Beckett, Derrida, Žižek, Deleuze, Blanchot and Joyce. He is currently researching at the University of Notre Dame.

Prof Anthony Uhlmann is the author of Beckett and Poststructuralism (Cambridge UP, 1999) and Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image (Cambridge UP, 2006). His main research interests concern the interrelation of literature and philosophy, and the nature of literary form. He is the Chief Editor of the Journal of Beckett Studies.

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Rabindranath Tagore’s GITANJALI (ROMAN Critical Contexts)

ROMAN Critical Context brings together the very best of contemporary critical thinking and a selection of earlier commentaries. This collection of critical essays on Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali provides in-depth intellectual and critical analysis of the text from a broad scholarly spectrum. By examining different issues surrounding the illusive, enigmatic and often controversial topics related to Gitanjali this anthology acts like an indispensable companion to the readers. Investigating the major critical issues this book will not only focus new light on the thematic, social or cultural aspects of Gitanjali, but will also enable the readers to rethink the position of the text from an international and broader intellectual context.

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Memory Clinic

A shadow government sets sail to discover the whale of Penlan Tork. Clara is desperate to capture all life in her version of Ada Lovelace’s Analytic Engine. The ugliest man in a cave must rescue captives from the Emperor’s mind. Time and again we see the twentieth century through the waspish eyes of Johannes Boanerges’ adoring biographer: modernism, 1968, the house guillotine, Anatolian goats, genocide. A couple enjoy (then regret) kidnapping their gas man. What price a hair cut costing nothing? The beauty of an office scar. Prim-passionate Charlotte exchanges letters with an infatuated Franz. Americans in a Portuguese pool make up some rules with Europe on the brink. The view from a ladder when ivy threatens our street . . . all this, then some more, in Steven Earnshaw’s debut short story collection, Memory Clinic.

Steven Earnshaw’s fiction has previously appeared in The Warwick Review, The Wrong Quarterly, Lackington’s Magazine and Tears in the Fence. Other publications include The Pub in Literature, Existentialism: A Guide for the Perplexed, Beginning Realism, The Direction of Literary Theory, and The Handbook of Creative Writing (editor). He is Professor of English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University, is currently researching a book entitled The Existential Drinker, and lives in Sheffield.

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