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Understanding Will Self

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  2 reviews
The first scholarly approach to the dirty magical realism of Selfs fiction
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by University of South Carolina Press
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MJ Nicholls
An entertaining rip through the Will Self canon. Half scholarly, half straightforward discussion and analysis. Will Self is the most prolific author in Britain at the moment. His ability to produce high quality work in ludicrously short amounts of time is nonpareil. How the Dead Live was partly written in a three-week fury in the Orkney Islands. Cock & Bull was written in another three-week fury in Spain (under the heroin influence). The man’s output is growing exponentially as I write this. ...more
Aug 30, 2008 R. added it
Recommends it for: probably only myself
How to understand the Will Self in your life. An owner's manual for that private ex-junkie multi-media graphomaniac you were thinking of pawning, trashing or donating to the Salvation Army.


This book covers Self's career from Quantity Theory of Insanity up through The Book of Dave; includes discussion of his living novella art project, where he did what bloggers pretty much do every day at Starbucks, now: he wrote a novella sitting in a public art space, incorporating passerby into the text (
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