The Sweet Smell of Psychosis by Will Self
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A brief and brilliant satire of magazine hacks and fashionistas, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis shows Will Self—a writer hailed by Time as “brilliant, iconoclastic . . . one of Britain’s most original young writers”—at the top of his form. It looks like 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 the king-of-all-media and sinister purveyor of opportunities—sexual, chemical, and professional—known only as Bell. Murky, paranoid, and hilarious, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis is Will Self at his best.
 

About Will Self

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Will Self is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. He also writes for newspapers and magazines, and appears regularly on television and radio. He lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by One Horse Press. 89 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Richard has his eye on lovely Ursula, one of Bell's favorites, and does his best to make her notice him while keeping up the torrid pace of nightly debauchery that takes the group from the Sealink to opium dens and beyond.

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British author Self (Cock & Bull; My Idea of Fun) is notorious for extremes of debauchery, and in his newest tale of one man's descent into vice and excess he teams up with political cartoonist Rawson

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While the faint scent of Ursula's perfume, Jicki, is driving Richard mad with lust, Bell seems just to be driving Richard mad: he keeps seeing the hateful Bell's face on other people.

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