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Liver A Fictional Organ With a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes (Paperback)

Author:  Will Self
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1608192334
ISBN-13: 9781608192335
Sku: 214704748
Publish Date: 10/26/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  276
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A collection of four related stories, centered on the largest of human organs: the liver. In a dusty London drinking club and an efficient euthanasia clinic, a glossy ad agency and a junky''s windowless flat, Self''s characters are slowly losing their livers--to cirrhosis, to cancer, to a hungry griffon vulture. Through the organic woes of these afflicted individuals, Self considers appetites and addictions, disease and decay, in a way that is at once demented, funny, and moving.
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A collection of four related stories, centered on the largest of human organs: the liver. In a dusty London drinking club and an efficient euthanasia clinic, a glossy ad agency and a junky's windowless flat, Self's characters are slowly losing their livers—to cirrhosis, to cancer, to a hungry griffon vulture. Through the organic woes of these afflicted individuals, Self considers appetites and addictions, disease and decay, in a way that is at once demented, funny, and moving.
Annotation:
Will Self brings his usual audacity and bawdy brilliance to this collection of two novellas and two short-stories, all intimately involved with the damage we do to the human body in the form of drugs, liquor, and stranger things yet. In one tale a London ad-man allows a vulture to gnaw away at his liver in exchange for a preternatural ability to cook up winning slogans. Another tells the story of a junkie, merrily narrated by his Hep-C virus. In the collection's most sympathetic piece, an old woman dying of liver failure seeks euthanasia in Zurich, only to be seduced back to the world by its sensuality. The raw, crass, vile, yet endlessly appealing sensuality of the world is Self's literary playground in THE LIVER.

Praise

"[S]mart, beguiling and occasionally stomach-turning....The stories are simultaneously Dickensian and Burroughsian; grotesque comedy narrated in ornate prose." - Geoff Nicholson 11/22/2009

"Ecstatically evoking miasma, Self's prose is feral in pace, always zeroing in for the kill..." 12/21/2009

"Certainly, there are real and original pleasures to be had from these stories, particularly from Self's extravagant and startling sense of language, as well as from the imaginative extremity of his vision. But they are not warm or merciful. These are for those who like their stories brainy, cunning, hard-edged and diabolical." - Richard McCann 12/15/2009

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