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9.99 Umbrella

"A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella."—James Joyce, Ulysses

Radical and uncompromising, Umbrella is a tour de force from one of England’s most acclaimed contemporary writers, and Self’s most ambitious novel to date. Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, Umbrella exposes the twentieth century’s technological searchlight as refracted through the dark glass of a long term mental institution. While making his first… (more)

Editorial reviews (5 reviews)

The effect of this powerful but stilted novel is that of having an umbrella taken from you. You’re left to stand in the acid rain.

Self’s exuberance of invention is entirely appropriate to his subject in that it disorients the reader, who experiences identity as porous and permeable, the individual fractured and reconstituted in the twin forges of industrialization and institutionalization.

It’s a funny, sad, surreal novel that aims high and reaches most of its lofty goals.

Book Details  

Publisher: Grove Press (January 08, 2013)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 448 pages

Protection: DRM

Language: English

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