Will Self - Umbrella
Released: 30/08/2012 BloomsburyThe journalist, panelist and novelist Will Self is as ubiquitous as contemporary authors get. His ninth novel, titled from Joyce’s Ulysses, is an explication of the modern mind that spans the 20th century. Rarely reticent with his insights, expect a provocative look at our relationships with technology and hints of Self’s late hero, JG Ballard. For more information visit: http://www.bloomsbury.com/Umbrella/Will-Self/books/details/9781408820148 Buy: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/will+self/umbrella/8523039/ Watch:
The Observer“Arranged like a vorticist painting...” Read it. Then go and have a bit of a lie-down. It may not be his easiest, but I think this may be Will Self's best book...
The Telegraph“A daring Joycean work of experimental fiction...” Whether Umbrella takes experimental fiction beyond the magnificent cul-de-sac into which Joyce steered it is doubtful. But this fresh reminder of the potential of finding new selves - to be and to write with - is extraordinary...
Financial Times“An immense achievement.... ” His boldest novel yet. It doesn’t so much flatten the cultic contours of his previous writing – the flights into science fiction and fantasy, the influence of JG Ballard and William Burroughs – as elevate them to a new level of seriousness...
The Independent“A somewhat remorseless read...” Though its ultimate purpose remains somewhat unclear – and it may be simply the desire to challenge his peers – Umbrella is undoubtedly Self's most considered novel, as much a new beginning as a consolidation of everything he has written to date.
Guardian“Miraculously captivating...” Though hard work is certainly demanded from the reader, it is always rewarded. Through the polyphonic, epoch-hopping torrent, we gradually construct a coherent and beguiling narrative...
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