Synopses & Reviews
Two yammering British intellectuals travel to the American south to form a new religion—with Canadians
The sequel to the 2010 hit Spurious—which was acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, and the Washington Post, which called it “fearsomely funny”—Dogma finds Lars and W. still, continually and without cease, arguing, although this time in a different country.
This time out, the duo embarks on a trip to the American Deep South, where, in company with a band of Canadians who may or may not be related to W., they attempt to form a new religion based on their philosophical studies. Their mission is soon derailed by their inability to take meaningful action, their endless bickering, the peculiar behavior of the natives, and by a true catastrophe: they can’t seem to find a liquor store that carries their brand of gin.
Part Nietzsche, part Monty Python, part Huckleberry Finn, Dogma is a novel as ridiculous and profound as religion itself.
"Iyer's sequel to Spurious (and the second in an as-yet-incomplete trilogy) can best be labeled a 'philosopher's novel,' insofar as it suffers from many of the shortcomings that generally turn readers off philosophical literature: it's abstract and dry. The novel relates the travels of two British academics as they pass through American cities on a lecture tour. The narrator, Lars, has been invited to travel alongside W., who is professionally engaged in waxing Marxian about matters too clichÃ© to be convincing: 'Capitalism is the evil twin of true religion, said W....And money is the false God we worship.' W. and Lars chat amongst themselves while the specter of some kind of perceived cultural apocalypse which Lars dubs 'The Age of Shit' looms on the horizon. There are moments of insight and humor scattered throughout, but in the end the novel collapses into abstraction and it's hard to tell Lars and W. apart. Both narrator and protagonist lack meaningful physical attributes they're merely thoughts. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A plague of rats, the end of philosophy, the cosmic chicken, and bars that don’t serve Plymouth Gin—is this the Apocalypse or is it just America?
“The apocalypse is imminent,” thinks W. He has devoted his life to philosophy, but he is about to be cast out from his beloved university. His friend Lars is no help at all—he’s too busy fighting an infestation of rats in his flat. A drunken lecture tour through the American South proves to be another colossal mistake. In desperation, the two British intellectuals turn to Dogma, a semi-religious code that might yet give meaning to their lives.
Part Nietzsche, part Monty Python, part Huckleberry Finn, Dogma is a novel as ridiculous and profound as religion itself. The sequel to the acclaimed novel Spurious, Dogma is the second book in one of the most original literary trilogies since Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable.
About the Author
Lars Iyer is a lecturer in philosophy at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the author of the novel Spurious, two books on Blanchot (Blanchot’s Communism: Art, Philosophy, and the Political and Blanchot’s Vigilance: Phenomenology, Literature, and the Ethical) and his blog Spurious.