|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|United Kingdom - September 4|
Shark is the tenth novel by Will Self, published in 2014.
The stream-of-consciousness novel continues the story of psychiatrist Zack Busner.
The novel is written in a flowing fashion without chapters and with no paragraph breaks. It is "a book-length paragraph, beginning and ending mid-sentence", which hops "between characters and time periods with the agility of a mountain goat."
Self indicated that Umbrella was the first part of a trilogy against his own initial expectations.
The critical reception of Shark has been generally positive, with the challenging style of prose dividing opinion.
"Overall, Shark generates a dream-like synthesis of rational and irrational, familiar and strange... it’s clear that, with this trilogy, Self is creating something rather grand."
"Shark" is angrier, more brutal and more intense: it made me furious, not melancholic. But the book itself is also a paean to books...."Shark" confirms that Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation, a writer whose formidable intellect is mercilessly targeted on the limits of the cerebral as a means of understanding. Yes, he makes you think, but he also insists that you feel"
“Shark often reads like a baggy mess. Yet it’s a mess that reflects a respectable urge to capture the mental and social collapse Self sees as a legacy of the world wars."
"It’s bewildering, exhausting and so relentlessly out of focus that unless you are a disenfranchised English student hopped up on caffeine pills and a hatred of Thomas Hardy, you’re unlikely to make it through to the end, still less part with nearly £20 for it."
- Shark review – Will Self's latest has sharp teeth and a warm heart The Guardian
- Shark by Will Self, review: 'truly wonderful' The Daily Telegraph
- Shark by Will Self The Sunday Times
- Shark by Will Self review – a dazzling followup to Umbrella The Guardian