Consciousness (with Mutilation) – now published.

My non-fiction novel, published by Odd Volumes

Printed in France, so they have a cool French feel to them.

Consciousness (with Mutilation) is a non-fiction novel. Every sentence that begins any paragraph within it also serves as the concluding sentence of another paragraph. The trigger for the text is an epileptic seizure the author experienced in April 2018. This event prompted an investigation of the meaning of continuity in individuals, families and states. Could we have been somebody else yesterday, or become somebody else tomorrow? Consciousness annexes a Syrian novella – Mutilation – within its pages; a novella by Mamdouh Adwan, first published in Damascus in 1971. Reading this book is to be drawn into whirlpools, perhaps to drown. It is self-analysis, but, since the author’s lineage is both Jewish and Quaker, it evolves into an analysis of Zionism, of which Howell’s grandfather was a proponent, and of the role of the British in the Middle East. Having experienced sudden lapses of consciousness, the author senses that “life is not a river. Life is a collage.” This book takes The Naked Lunch by William Burroughs and Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet for its literary forbears. In the way of ancient tragedy, the dilemma of the individual becomes the dilemma of the state, in this case Israel, and the author carries the reader into a world of smoke and mirrors, sustained by collage mediated through its formal constraint.

Global Distribution: Baker & Taylor

ISBN 9-780- 9991365-3-9

Can be bought at Barnes and Noble

Can be bought at Amazon


“Anthony Howell is a man of many artistic talents but most importantly of all, for me, is the fact that he has an open mind which he uses to his, and our, great advantage … he is not afraid to ask all the questions that need to be asked and to join all the dots that need to be joined … at this time when we hear so many lies from our mainstream media news purveyors it is more important than ever to listen to what an independent and incisive thinker like Anthony has to tell us … he comes from a background that has given him some amazing insights and I feel privileged that he has shared them with me … now the rest of the world can learn more …”      Elleanne Green

Very pleased to be here on

And we had a brilliant launch at Housmans Radical Bookshop on Wed 24th April

Contact the author for more information, requests for interviews, review copies etc.  0208 801 8577


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Poet, essayist, dancer, performance artist....
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4 Responses to Consciousness (with Mutilation) – now published.

  1. marieadele says:

    Congratulations! How wonderful

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. StAug says:

    Mygod this sounds interesting!

    “This event prompted an investigation of the meaning of continuity in individuals, families and states.”

    A concept I’ve long been obsessed with. How many decades ago, for example, did the Original Me vanish almost entirely without a trace…?

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