The Butt

An Exit Strategy

by Will Self

The Butt

Paperback, 355 pages, St Martins Pr, List Price: $16 | purchase

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An Exit Strategy
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A dystopian work portraying the consequences of post-September 11 "Big Brother"-style government finds Tom Brodzinki's efforts to quit smoking setting off a chain reaction that threatens society, sending Tom into exile after being wrongfully branded for using his last cigarette as a weapon of offense.


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A single thoughtless act is the undoing of Tom Brodzinski in Will Self's The Butt: He flicks a cigarette end off a hotel balcony: "The butt had described its parabola and hit its target, creating a minor entry wound, a tiny blister. But oh, the exit wound! The massive, gaping and bloody exit wound, through which the butt had sped on, fragmenting into scores of smaller butts, which were now hitting his children, his wife, and causing terrible collateral damage." Brodzinski is on

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