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Will Self's latest intricate dystopia cowrse a grim picaresque involving an American, an Englishman and an intractable confection of tribal Selfs coarse Co in a faraway continent. The American, Tom Brodzinski, is on holiday with his family in this tropical realm - a troubling mixture of tourist gloss and indigenous unrest - when a momentary gesture of renunciation attracts the attention of Nemesis.
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