Alistair McCartney is the author of The End of the World Book: a Novel. The End of the World Book is both a novel and an encyclopedia (A to Z) of memories, obsessions and philosophical fixations, working in and building upon the same metafictional terrain as Roberto Bolano and W.G. Sebald.
Praising this novel, Dennis Cooper, author of Frisk, wrote, “If I’ve read a more deeply impressive, beautiful, sweeping, mindful, and innovative first novel than Alistair McCartney’s The End of the World Book, I have no memory of it. McCartney is a writer of peerless, brilliant originality and pure, giant talent.” Publishers Weekly described it as ". . . a surreal and self-referential encyclopedia for the 21st century... fans of alternative literature and Borges may discover a kindred spirit." The Los Angeles Times characterized it as "...a giddy literary jape... The End of the World Book... is an interrogation of literature -- how we think about writing, what we choose to write about and why." And the Seattle Times wrote, "Novel? Memoir? Encyclopedia? Fantasia? The End of the World Book... is all these things at once. And its brilliant... so sharp and alive that you feel as though bright, perverse balloons of insight are expanding-or exploding in your mind as you turn the pages. if you like Australian literary maverick Murray Bail or order-obsessed imagination of Peter Greenaway, you won't want to miss this." The book was recently chosen to be featured on Critical Mass, the blog for the National Book Critics circle.
TEOTWB is the first novel in a tirlogy. McCartney is currently at work on the next two installments, The Death Book: A Comedy and The Encyclopedia of Boys.Other of his writings have appeared in Fence, Bloom, James White Review, and numerous literary journals, as well as in a number of fiction and creative nonfiction anthologies, including Wonderlands (University of Wisconsin Press) and Between Men (Carroll and Graf).
Originally from Australia, since 1997 he has been based in Los Angeles, where he teaches creative writing in the MFA and BA Programs at Antioch University.