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The Sweet Smell of Pyschosis

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In this brief and humorous satire, a man trapped in the bosom of the most venal media clique in London is losing his heart to a magazine columnist, about to lose his job at a magazine, losing his mind to cocaine, and losing his soul to a newspaper columnist, the kingpin of media scandal.

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A brief and brilliant satire of magazine hacks and fashionistas, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis shows Will Self - a writer acclaimed as "a masterly prose-maker" by London's Sunday Times - at the top of his form. It looks as if it's going to be quite a Christmas for Richard Hermes, powdered with cocaine and whining with the white noise of urban derangement. Not so much enfolded as trapped in the bosom of the most venal media clique in London, Richard is losing it on all fronts: he's losing his heart to Ursula Bentley, a nubile and vacuous magazine columnist; he's in danger of losing his job at the pretentious listings magazine Rendezvous; he's losing his mind courtesy of Colombia's chief illegal export; and, worst of all, he's losing his soul ... to Bell. Bell is a newspaper columnist, radio host, television personality - but more than that, he is the kingpin guiding the ship of media scandal through the lower depths. From his headquarters in the Sealink Club he pulls the strings that control the disseminators of drek and gatherers of glib. And he has had Ursula Bentley and just about everyone else, female and male. As Richard pursues the Jicki perfume wafting from Ursula, he is in fact being drawn into a much more sinister web. Murky, paranoid, and hilarious, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis is Will Self at his best.

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ISBN:
9780802136473
Author:
Rowson, Martin
Author:
Rowson, Martin
Author:
Self
Author:
Will
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Reporters and reporting
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
England
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Cocaine habit
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Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Will Self
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW line drawings throughout
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 4.5 oz

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A brief and brilliant satire of magazine hacks and fashionistas, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis shows Will Self - a writer acclaimed as "a masterly prose-maker" by London's Sunday Times - at the top of his form. It looks as if it's going to be quite a Christmas for Richard Hermes, powdered with cocaine and whining with the white noise of urban derangement. Not so much enfolded as trapped in the bosom of the most venal media clique in London, Richard is losing it on all fronts: he's losing his heart to Ursula Bentley, a nubile and vacuous magazine columnist; he's in danger of losing his job at the pretentious listings magazine Rendezvous; he's losing his mind courtesy of Colombia's chief illegal export; and, worst of all, he's losing his soul ... to Bell. Bell is a newspaper columnist, radio host, television personality - but more than that, he is the kingpin guiding the ship of media scandal through the lower depths. From his headquarters in the Sealink Club he pulls the strings that control the disseminators of drek and gatherers of glib. And he has had Ursula Bentley and just about everyone else, female and male. As Richard pursues the Jicki perfume wafting from Ursula, he is in fact being drawn into a much more sinister web. Murky, paranoid, and hilarious, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis is Will Self at his best.
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