Dogma, like its prequel Spurious, is provocative in its arguments, scrupulously plain in its style and excoriating in its honesty. Iyer is an author who rejects the parochialism and timidity we too often associate with British novelists in favour of an ugly grapple with the big themes. - The Spectator
The epithet Beckettian is perhaps the most overused in criticism, frequently employed as a proxy for less distinguished designations such as sparse or a bit depressing . But Lars Iyer s fiction richly deserves this appellation. His playfully spare and wryly depressing landscape, incorporating a bickering double act on a hopeless, existential journey, is steeped in the bathos, farce, wordplay and metaphysics of the man John Calder referred to as the last of the great stoics , its characters accelerating towards a condition of eternal silence, fuelled only by the necessity of speaking out. -- - The Times Literary Supplement
Praise for Spurious
It's wonderful. I'd recommend the book for its insults alone. -Sam Jordison, The Guardian
I'm still laughing, and it's days later -The Los Angeles Times
Fearsomely funny. -- - The Washington Post
"Fearsomely funny." ---The Washington Post
“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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.