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Grey Area and Other Stories (1994) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Will Self demonstrates his razor-sharp wit in these nine new stories. Self's method depends upon taking an ordinary aspect of the world and then pushing it to its limit in furious absurdity. The short stories in Grey Area reflect the technical brilliance and satiric voice that have made him one of the most highly praised comic writers in a decade. These are stories that delve into the modern psyche with unsettling and darkly satiric results. "Inclusion" tells the story of a doctor who is illegally testing a new antidepressant made from bee excrement. "A Short History of the English Novel" brings us face to face with a pompous publisher who is greeted at every turn by countless rejected authors. In "The End of the Relationship" a woman who has been left by her boyfriend provokes - "like some emotional Typhoid Mary" - the same reaction among all the couples she goes to for comfort. The narrator of "Between the Conceits" declares without hesitation that London is controlled by only eight individuals, and, thankfully, he is one of them. Self's world in these pieces is both curiously familiar and hauntingly strange.
(from the publisher)

- Between the Conceits
- The Indian Mutiny
- A Short History of the English Novel
- Incubus or The Impossibility of Self-Determination as to Desire
- Scale
- Chest
- Grey Area
- Inclusion
- The End of the Relationship

Original title: Grey Area and Other Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire

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