'Self's Dorian subtitles itself "an imitation", and that is exactly what it is, in the full Wildean sense. It flatters its original by taking both subject and style entirely seriously. The locations, characters, plot and epigrams are all transposed from the 1890s to the 1990s...Little is materially altered, but everything is reused - sharpened, blackened and intensified by Self's idiosyncratic remix of Wilde's combination of wit and rage, extravagant debauchery with clinical introspection...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' Guardian
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"Fresh and entertaining...Self's tale offers compassion and hope, ultimately giving Dorian a visceral and emotional conclusion....The tamed excess of Self's irreverent and unrelenting voice make Dorian an exceptional read and a thought-provoking examination of the most basic of human vices."About the Author:
Will Self has published three short story collections and three novels, all of which are published by Penguin. His most recent novel How The Dead Live was shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Fiction prize, and Dorian was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002. Self is also a big media figure, with a regular BBC Radio 4 slot and a starring role in Shooting Stars on BBC2.
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