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The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub Paperback – 13 Jun 2013
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The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub is like a dopamine-enhanced Porterhouse Blue. As a PhD student grapples with the issues of free will and determinism refracted through the life of a Spanish civil war veteran, Johnston offers us a clanging charivari of clinical administrators, angry old academics and randy students. Among this din, Johnston takes us on quite an emotional and intellectual journey. Johnston's raw and unexpurgated humour, which gave his characters in peave, Love and Petrol Bombs such humanity, returns as coarse as ever. .. a determinedly extraordinary book. --Paul Simon - The Morning Star
An ambitious, erudite work with a profound interest in the world as we find it ...infused with a conviction of what the novel should be, and what it can achieve. --Christopher Burns - The Warwick Review
A historical epic, a story about love, revolution and the university, with echoes of Luther Blissett's Q and a lot of laughs, this is a great book which entertains, confuses and educates in equal measure. You should read it! --Steven Johns - Libcom.org
About the Author
D.D. Johnston is 'one of this country's most principled novelists & also one of the most versatile and talented' - The Morning Post. Brought out by a small anarchist press, his first novel PEACE, LOVE AND PETROL BOMBS became a book of the year in THE SUNDAY HERALD. His new novel THE SECRET BABY ROOM is out in 2015. He is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire, and runs the online writing website onlinewritingtips.com
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Meanwhile, the narrator himself is desperately, tragically besotted with Lempi, a beautiful, elusive student and is being supervised by the memorably eccentric Professor Thrub. Indeed, Thrub gradually emerges as a weird kind of hero as he battles, hilariously, with the University's crazed bureaucracy whilst tending to his romantic failures and academic torpor. The novel flits skilfully across Europe - Belfast, Spain, Italy, Amsterdam - and takes in an eclectic mix of subjects ranging from philosophy to unrequited love, from the nature of violence to the nature of the contemporary University and ponders upon the beguiling question of how free each of us is to make decisions for ourselves.
So, this is a great book - full of experimental verve, satire, farce, passionately described historical writing, rigorous philosophical analysis and a pair of soiled pyjama bottoms. Oh, and it's a love story too. Brilliant stuff.