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Great Apes

Self, Will

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ISBN 10: 0802116175 / ISBN 13: 9780802116178
Published by Grove Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Great Apes

Publisher: Grove Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Simon wakes up one morning to find that his girlfriend has turned into a chimp, and although he, too, has become a chimp, he is certain he is still a human and is confined to a psychiatiric ward where he is cared for by the very odd and experimental Dr. Busner. 30,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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Like Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, Great Apes is a strange and twisted tale, a surreal satire on the human condition, and an omen for those who wander too far. After a long night of partying, Simon Dykes, a successful British painter, wakes up to find that his girlfriend has turned into a chimpanzee. In fact, the world Simon once knew has become a planet of apes. Convinced he is still human, Simon is confined to the emergency ward of a hospital and put under the care of Dr. Zack Busner, clinical psychologist, radical psychoanalyst, maverick drug researcher and media personality. Written with the glittering satiric edge that is Self's hallmark, Great Apes is a hilarious, disturbing, and truly unforgettable novel.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Editor's Choice "Best Books of the year"-Booklist

One of the Year's best novels-Time Out

"Swiftian tartness, Kafkaesque transformation and full tilt Monty Python-style surrealism propel [Great Apes], a hilarious, unusually discomfiting exploration of what it means to be human."-The Seattle Times

"A high-powered satirical weapon . . . with Great Apes, his most satisfying book so far, Will Self establishes himself as an alpha male in the British literary hierarchy."-The New York Times Book Review

"A fur-flying satire of Swiftian proportions."-Vanity Fair

"What makes [Great Apes] work is an inventive prose of vigorous verbs, high-tech terms, odd juxtapositions and a manic sensibility eager to wallow where others fear to tread."-Newsday

Will Self is the author of Cock & Bull, The Quantity Theory of Insanity, My Idea of Fun, and Grey Area. He lives in London.

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