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    Description"A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella."?James Joyce, UlyssesRadical 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 tours of the hospital at which he has just begun working, maverick psychiatrist Zachary Busner notices that many of the patients exhibit a strange physical tic: rapid, precise movements that they repeat over and over. One of these patients is Audrey Dearth, an elderly woman born in the slums of West London in 1890. Audrey’s memories of a bygone Edwardian London, her lovers, involvement with early feminist and socialist movements, and, in particular, her time working in an umbrella shop, alternate with Busner’s attempts to treat her condition and bring light to her clouded world. Busner’s investigations into Audrey’s illness lead to discoveries about her family that are shocking and tragic.


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    Title
    Umbrella
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Will Self
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 397
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802120724
    ISBN 10: 0802120725
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.92
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 823/.914
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PR6069.E3654 U43 2013
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    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    Grove Press
    Imprint name
    Grove Press
    Publication date
    08 January 2013
    Author Information
    Will Self is the author of six short-story collections, a book of novellas, eight novels, and six collections of journalism. He lives in London.
    Review quote
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZE "A work of throwback modernism . . . an erudite yet barking mad novel about barking madness. . . . You give yourself over to "Umbrella" in flashes, as if it were a radio station you're unable to tune in that you suspect is playing the most beautiful song you will ever hear. . . this novel locks into moments of ungodly beauty and radiant moral sympathy. . . . a bitter critique of how society has viewed (and cared for) those with mental illnesses. It's about myriad other things too: class, the changing nature of British society, trench warfare in World War I, how technology can be counted on to upend everything. At heart it's a novel about seeing. . . . Mr. Self often enough writes with such vividness it's as if he is the first person to see anything at all."--"The New York Times" "A savage and deeply humane novel. . . . . "Umbrella" is an old-fashioned modernist tale with retrofitted ambitions to boot. . . . Self has always been a fabulous writer. . . . The result is page after page of gorgeously musical prose. Self's sentences bounce and weave, and like poetry, they refract. The result is mesmerizing. . . . In its best moments, "Umbrella" compels a reader to the heights of vertigo Woolf excelled at creating.. . . . a triumph of form. With this magnificent novel Will Self reminds that he is Britain's reigning poet of the night."--"Boston Globe" "A virtuosic performance . . . narrated in the allusive, sensory-overloaded style associated with Joyce's "Ulysses." . . . A heady mixture of closely observed (and deeply researched) period details, colorful imagery, surrealistic juxtapositions, and italicized interjections . . . Self's wildly nonlinear narrative offers other delights: richly detailed settings that bring the Edwardian era and mental hospitals sensuously alive, kaleidoscopic patterns of symbolism (umbrellas assume all sorts of forms and functions), and loads of mordant satire."--"The Washington Post