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Description - Dorian by Will Self

'Shot through with dark humour and pathos' Big Issue

In the summer of 1981, aristocratic, drug-addicted Henry Wooten and Warhol-acolyte Baz Hallward meet Dorian Gray. Dorian is a golden adonis - perfect, pure and (so far) deliciously uncorrupted. The subject of Baz's video installation, Cathode Narcissus, and the object of Henry's attentions, Dorian is launched on a hedonistic binge that spans the '80s and '90s. But as Baz and Henry succumb to the disease du jour, how is it that Dorian, despite all his sexual and narcotic debauchery, remains so unsullied - so vibrantly alive?

'Self's reincarnation of Dorian has taken the fag ends of both an English century and an English myth and given them new, troubling and hugely entertaining life' Neil Bartlett, Guardian

'A book that filled its first reviewers with 'the odour of moral and spiritual putrefaction' just got smellier, darker and funnier' Observer

'Savage and hilarious with a delicious sense of dread. Wilde would have been flattered by Self's brilliant 'imitation' of his tainted love story' Time Out

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141040202
ISBN-10: 0141040203
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Will Self

Will Self has earned his reputation through a body of innovative work: there's nobody quite like him writing today. He is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, three novellas and four non-fiction works. As a journalist he has contributed to a plethora of publications over the years; he is also a regular broadcaster on television and radio. He lives in south London.

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