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The Butt
     

The Butt

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by Will Self
 

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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."—Guardian

When Tom Brodzinksi flicks his last cigarette out of his hotel window, he inadvertently sets off a chain

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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."—Guardian

When 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.

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“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)

Publishers Weekly

From Self, the British master of the satirical fantasy, comes a loquacious and inventive farce about the demise of civilization. Tom Brodzinski, relaxing on vacation in the postcolonial Feltham Islands, sets off a string of unfortunate events when he flicks a cigarette butt off his hotel balcony. It lands on the scalp of tourist Reginald Lincoln III. Reggie's happy to laugh it off, but things slide from bad to worse when Reggie is hospitalized and Tom is charged with assault with "a projectile weapon with a toxic payload." After a chaotic trial, Tom is ordered to pay a restitution of two good hunting "riffles," a set "coking pots" and $10,000. The catch is that the restitution needs to take place in the tribal heartland. This launches Tom and Brian Prentice, another foreign transgressor (Tom suspects pedophilia), on an expedition of Conradian proportions during which Tom is tormented by Brian's "rotten, cloacal physicality." Self (The Book of Dave; How the Dead Live; etc.) confirms his reputation for pulling off cleverly modeled literary experiments. This one is at times exhausting, but if you can stick with him, Self successfully presents an ironic and timely metaphor for our post-9/11 Bigger Brother world. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596916388
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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