Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney

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Author: Christopher Higgs

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sator Press; First edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615339999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615339993
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches

Who is Marvin K. Mooney? He has disappeared. Is he alive? Are his philosophical ramblings, puzzling poetry & heartbreaking confessions real? Let Marvin (or is it Christopher?) lead you on a hallucinatory and heartfelt search for identity.


"THE COMPLETE WORKS OF MARVIN K. MOONEY seems to me unprecedented via form, making new ways of both telling a story and relaying information, but also doing so in a way that is, as David Foster Wallace so expressly begged for: fun."
—Blake Butler, 

"Christopher Higgs’ novel, The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney, is the experimental literature fan’s experimental novel. A novel about the fictional writer, Marvin K. Mooney, as much as it is an overview of the history and nature of experimental writing, Mooney is constructed from essays, reviews, letters, short fiction, creative non-fiction by Mooney (and very often about Mooney and the validity and importance of his work). Many of the essays and ideas within the novel directly assault the literary theories of Aristotle and the idea of fiction as entertainment, where the author’s goal is to hide the authorial puppet strings, allowing the reader to submerge themselves within the “dream” of a fictional world, and therefore the novel can be seen as an extended argument in favor of its own existence. Mooney is also a lively and comic novel, as it is likely the only novel in existence to compel the reader to demand (and then grant) an encore."
—Robert Kloss, Necessary Fiction

"The sheer greatness of Higgs' novel calls the capacity of the word greatness into question."
—Dennis Cooper


Christopher Higgs was born in Kansas, grew up in Wyoming, went to film school in Las Vegas, worked in the film industry in Los Angeles, volunteered for the Peace Corps in West Africa, got his MA in English at the University of Nebraska, got his MFA in creative writing at The Ohio State University, and is currently working on his PhD in literature and critical theory at Florida State University. He curates the online arts journal Bright Stupid Confetti and contributes to the literary website HTMLGIANT.