By Will Self (Bloomsbury) available at Arnolfini bookshop for £8.99.
According to TS Eliot ‘April is the cruellest month…’ not so for those with a taste for high modernism who can now indulge their secret vice (at a modest price) with the paperback edition of Will Self’s Umbrella.
Following his abandoned experiment in running his R D Laing-influenced therapeutic community, maverick psychiatrist Zack Bustner arrives at Friern Hospital under a personal and professional cloud. Although determined to avoid further controversy he soon becomes involved in an attempt to bring the asylum’s post-encephalitic patients back to life – with wholly unforeseen circumstances. Stream of consciousness goes head to head with linear narrative in Self’s wilfully complex reanimation of the modernist experimental novel.
Author: Will Self