Umbrella

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Umbrella

By Will Self

Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802122025, 448pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Description
A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella. James Joyce, "Ulysses"
1918
Audrey Deathfeminist, socialist and munitions worker at Woolwich Arsenalfalls ill with encephalitis lethargica as the epidemic rages across Europe, killing a third of its victims and condemning a further third to living death.
1971
Under the curious eyes of psychiatrist Dr. Zack Busner, assumed mental patient Audrey Death lies supine in bed above a spring grotto that she has made every one of the forty-nine years she has resided in Friern Mental Hospital.
2010
Now retired, Dr. Busner travels waywardly across North London in search of the truth about that tumultuous summer when he awoke the post-encephalitic patients under his care using a new and powerful drug.
Weaving together a dense tapestry of consciousness and lived life across an entire century, in his latest and most ambitious novel, Will Self takes up the challenge of Modernism and reveals how itand it alonecan unravel new and unsettling truths about our world and how it came to be.


About the Author
Will Self is the author of six short-story collections, a book of novellas, eight novels, and six collections of journalism. His work has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in London.

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