By Will Self
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781596916388, 368pp.)
Publication Date: October 27, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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“John Gray meets Joseph Conrad, Apocalypse Now meets Graham Greene, Russell Hoban meets Mad Max, J. G . Ballard meets himself. From the flip of the butt onward, Sartre presides over it all.”—GuardianWhen Tom Brodzinksi flicks his last cigarette out of his hotel window, he inadvertently sets off a chain of events that threaten to upset the tenuous balance of peace in a not-too-distant dystopian land…A profoundly disturbing allegory, The Butt reveals the heart of a distinctly modern darkness.
Will Self is the author of six novels, four collections of short stories, three novellas, and five works of nonfiction. He has written for newspapers and magazines and appeared regularly on television and radio. He lives in London.
“Horribly compelling…The Butt is a hideously engaged, overwritten, barking masterpiece.”—Independent“An accomplished satirist…Polysyllabically perverse.”—New York Times Book Review “Though Self’s landscape is his own invention, Brodzinski’s odyssey parallels the Coalition of the Willing’s misadventures in Iraq and bears a strong resemblance to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness…[The] shocking conclusion amounts to a scathing indictment.”—Los Angeles Times “An allegorical satire…Brilliantly chilling, damning.”—Observer (UK ) “The British master of the satirical fantasy…Self successfully presents an ironic and timely metaphor for our post-9/11 Bigger Brother world.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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