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Shark by Will Self
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On a sunny spring day at the beginning of the 1970s psychiatrist Dr Zack Busner and his fellow residents at the Concept House therapeutic community in north London drop acid. At the peak of this ill-advised (and, for some of them, not entirely voluntary) trip, Michael Lincoln, British observer on the Hiroshima A-bomb mission, arrives at the House and comes face to face with inmate Claude Evenrude, a survivor of the Japanese sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the shark-infested Pacific. As the day progresses, and the acid takes hold, the threads of consciousness of the participants unravel, and their nightmares and memories are woven into an hallucinogenic tapestry of events from which there seems neither escape nor redemption. 'Breathtaking and dazzling. An exhilarating tour-de-force . . . immersing the reader in a trippy Odyssey.' Daily Mail 'Will challenge and disturb, exasperate and entertain. Never less than sharp, biting and incisive. Prepare to be eaten whole.' Independent 'An exciting, mesmerizing, wonderfully disturbing. Go with it and it will suck you under.' Daily Telegraph 'A torrent of war, death, madness and 20th-century horror . . . superb.' Observer 'Dazzling. Metaphors morph into memories and sentences are swilled around and intermingled like fish guts in a chum bucket.' Esquire 'Impressive, highly enjoyable, vividly, even profoundly imagined. Self is creating something rather grand.' Sunday Times

Author Biography

Will Self is the author of three short-story collections, The Quantity Theory of Insanity (winner of the 1992 Geoffrey Faber award), Grey Area and Tough Tough Toys for Touch Tough Boys; a dyad of novellas, Cock and Bull, and a third novella, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis; and four novels, My Idea of Fun, Great Apes, How the Dead Live (shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year 2000) and The Book of Dave. Together with the photographer David Gamble, he produced Perfidious Man, a sideways look at contemporary masculinity. There have been three collections of journalism, Junk Mail, Sore Sites and Feeding Frenzy. Will Self has written for a plethora of publications over the years and is a regular broadcaster on television and radio. His latest work is a collection of pieces entitled Liver- A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes.
Release date NZ
March 5th, 2015
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Penguin Books Ltd
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