||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.
||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.