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Deadpan tale of the margins of modern life,
By A Customer
This review is from: Whatever (Paperback)
Shame the translators couldn't come up with something closer to the French title "Extension de la domaine de la lutte"--"Violence spreads to the mainland" perhaps--to underline the books political dimension. the narrator comes to believe that his isolation and despair is not personal, but a political consequence of the forces of oppression working in a new sphere: his and everybody else') personal life (or lack of one) He's "given up" on sex but realises to his horror that even though he can't win he can't get out of the game. His attempt to start a revolutionary backlash using a colleague he identified as a member of the sexual lumpenproletariat ends in disaster, and in the end he succumbs to his latent depression. An interesting book to compare this with is Patrick Hamilton's Hangover Square, particularly in the hero's final and deluded hope for a geographical solution to his troubles.