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Tom Brodzinski is a man who takes his own good intentions for granted. But when he finally decides to give up smoking, a moment's inattention to detail becomes his undoing. Flipping the butt of his final cigarette off the balcony of the holiday apartment he's renting with his family, Tom is appalled when it lands on the head of one his fellow countrymen, Reggie Lincoln. The elderly Lincoln is badly burnt, and since the cigarette butt passed through public space before hitting him, the local authorities are obliged to regard Tom's action as an assault, despite his benign intentions.Worse is to follow: Lincoln is married to a native from one of the rigorous, mystical tribes of the desert interior, and their customary law is incorporated into the civil statute. In order to make reparations to Mrs Lincoln's people, Tom will have to leave his family behind, and carry the appropriate goods and chattels deep into the arid heart of this strange, island continent. Any of this might be bearable, were it not for Tom's companion, forced on him by his enigmatic lawyer, the mixed-race Jethro Swai-Phillips.Brian Prentice, like Tom, has to make reparations and although there is a taboo that preven As they drive into the desert and encounter a violent counter-insurgency war that Tom has allowed himself to remain in ignorance of, the relationship between the two men becomes one of complicit guilt as well as seething mistrust. Refusing facile moral certitudes, Will Self's latest novel is set in a distorted world, in a country that is part Australia, part Iraq, part Greenland and part the heart of a distinctively modern darkness.

 
Used availability for Will Self's The Butt


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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : Hardback
Title: The Butt: An Exit Strategy
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1596915552 / 9781596915558 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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April 2008 : Hardback
Title: The Butt
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 074759175X / 9780747591757 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : Paperback
Title: The Butt: Reissued
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1408827387 / 9781408827383 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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October 2009 : Paperback
Title: The Butt: A Novel
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1596916389 / 9781596916388 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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May 2009 : Paperback
Title: The Butt
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 074759645X / 9780747596455 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

April 2008 : Paperback
Title: The Butt
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 0747597669 / 9780747597667 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Audio Editions

July 2010 : Audio CD
Title: The Butt (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1407459171 / 9781407459172 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : Kindle edition
Title: The Butt
Author(s): Will Self

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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September 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: The Butt
Author(s): Will Self

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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