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Dorian - Will Self's brilliant 'imitation' of Oscar Wilde's original tainted love story 'Brutal, savage, infinitely readable' Observer'Chilling, hysterical, tasteless and haunting. A Gothic thriller complementing and enriching its original' Independent on SundayIn the summer of 1981, aristocratic, drug-addicted Henry Wooten and Warhol-acolyte Baz Hallward meet Dorian Gray. Dorian is a golden adonis - perfect, pure and (so far) deliciously uncorrupted. The subject of Baz's video installation, Cathode Narcissus, and the object of Henry's attentions, Dorian is launched on a hedonistic binge that spans the '80s and '90s. But as Baz and Henry succumb to the disease du jour, how is it that Dorian, despite all his sexual and narcotic debauchery, remains so unsullied - so vibrantly alive?'A book that filled its first reviewers with "the odour of moral and spiritual putrefaction" just got smellier, darker and funnier' ObserverDorian will be adored by fans of Will Self and Martin Amis and is an essential read for those who enjoyed The Picture of Dorian Gray.Will Self is the author of nine novels including Cock and Bull; My Idea of Fun; Great Apes; How the Dead Live; Dorian, an Imitation; The Book of Dave; The Butt; Walking to Hollywood and Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has written five collections of shorter fiction and three novellas: The Quantity Theory of Insanity; Grey Area; License to Hug; The Sweet Smell of Psychosis; Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo; Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys; Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe and Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes. Self has also compiled a number of nonfiction works, including The Undivided Self: Selected Stories; Junk Mail; Perfidious Man; Sore Sites; Feeding Frenzy; Psychogeography; Psycho Too and The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker.

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Will Self has earned his reputation through a body of innovative work: there's nobody quite like him writing today. He is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, three novellas and four non-fiction works. As a journalist he has contributed to a plethora of publications over the years; he is also a regular broadcaster on television and radio. He lives in south London.


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  • Broché: 288 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin (4 juin 2009)
  • Collection : PGVI: LIT FIC
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0141040203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141040202
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 1,8 x 19,8 cm
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Sous-titré "Imitation" et non "Hommage", le Dorian de Will Self trouve rapidement une cohérence de ton et de visée en parfaite adéquation avec le projet de transposition du mythe narcissique d'Oscar Wilde dans les années Sida de la fin du 20e siècle. La satire est féroce, le propos volontairement pornographique et la sale décadence certainement plus sensible que chez Wilde.
Il y a, de plus, dans cette implacable farce tragique des réussites d'écriture incroyables qui empruntent toujours aux stratégies de dramatisation ou de mise en scène de la culture populaire : la fin des 2 premières parties, le formidable chapitre 11 qui laisse filtrer des références au "Thé chez les fous" d'Alice au pays des merveilles, et l'épilogue qui invite à toujours revisiter et interroger le mythe.
C'est un grand livre, humble et précieux.
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De la grande littérature britannique à mon goût. Je trouve l'auteur d'une modestie incroyable, d'une grande humilité et d'une grande humanité quant au traitement de ses personnages. Il n'y a pas ces grands caractères: le traître, le cocu, le gentil , le méchant mais des humains très attachants malgré leurs défauts et autres addictions.Quant à l'écriture, au style et à l'humour "so British "de W. SELF , je sais qu'il y aura encore au moins un grand auteur britannique à suivre dans les années à venir...
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A New Perspective on Dorian Gray 23 janvier 2003
Par PETER FREUND - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Judging by its title, I at first thought that Will Self had in mind the ambitious goal of writing a viable version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" set in the age of AIDS and drugs, while at the same time daring the reader to compare his novel to the original. To set himself up for this inevitable comparison with a master like Wilde, he pulls the reader in from the very beginning with his spectacular stylistic prowess. Though quite faithful to the original, he soon transcends it and uses the Dorian Gray story as an instrument in an exploration of the uneven flow of time, and of the interplay between physical time, historical time and biological time.
Youth, venerated almost religiously in our days, is of course defined in terms of biological time, and when the flow of biological time comes to a standstill in Dorian, some form of time keeps flowing on in the artistic rendering of Dorian, the painting in Wilde, the video installation in Self. This artistic rendering is the one that provides a picture of our age for future generations, and thus the time that flows in it is historical time.
By contrast the lifestyle of the Wottons and their friends gives the appearance of historical time at a standstill, while biological time is flowing inexorably, driving many of these people to early deaths by disease (mainly AIDS) originating in this very lifestyle.
Maybe Mr. Self's most original creation is Henry Wotton's neighbor, the "jiggling man" who metes out the seconds of physical time for Wotton's existence.
Whether reading Wilde or Self, the picture/installation is an extremely clever, but also an extremely contrived device. Will Self deals with this problem by attaching a both shocking and very ingenious epilogue in which everything that has gone before is revealed to have been fiction written by Henry Wotton. This fiction in turn has an immense impact on Dorian Gray's "real" life and in the last ten pages or so the interplay between fiction and reality --- or more precisely between a fiction within a fiction and a reality within a fiction --- becomes the main focus. This is a very interesting and major issue in its own right, and this epilogue does not do it justice, nor could it. With all his ingenuity Will Self has overloaded the book. The same can be said also about his clever but excessive use of Wilde type epigrams. As an example, he has Wotton commenting on Baz' death with the following paraphrase of Lady Bracknell ("The The Importance of Being Earnest") "For Baz to have died once would have been unfortunate; for him to die twice looks like carelessness." I found this funny but also over the top.
These problems aside, "Dorian" is a thought-provoking and extremely well-written novel well deserving the reader's attention.
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excellent updating of the Oscar Wilde novel 14 février 2010
Par adorian - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an excellent updating of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, moving the action up to the 1980s-1990s of London, New York, and LA. The prose style is rich and erudite. The pages are larded with faux Wilde epigrams that sparkle and shimmer.

What keeps it interesting, even when you think you know where it's going, is that there are two very interesting twists at the end. I would like to think that Wilde would approve. Lots of famous names are dropped: Warhol, Princess Di, Barbara Bush, Versace, etc., so our more modern times of pop culture are vividly portrayed.

The novel is often graphic in its detail of the free-living Manhattan sex clubs right before (and then full into) the AIDS era. The scenes involving drug usage are not for the squeamish. The vocabulary alternates between the philosophy classroom and the filthy gutter.

Some of the characterizations are marvelous, especially a rich old guy called The Ferret. I was amazed at how the author stayed so close to the original, yet made everything seem his own.
This is a clever retelling and updating into a world of drugs and AIDS, of Wilde's story. The 1980s gay scene is captured well, 27 juin 2013
Par Mr. D. P. Jay - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a clever retelling and updating into a world of drugs and AIDS, of Wilde's story.

The 1980s gay scene is captured well, with its pre-AIDS sense of liberation - orgies, `damp bath houses and fetid gyms, cottages'

Then comes this new disease thought to be caused by using poppers. Later comes the Labour landslide and Diana.

Diana and Dorian became the celeb. icons of their day.

Many of us know decadents like Wooten, who mentors Grey, who would rather his servants stole from him than pay them. He doesn't always wear an AIDS lapel as it doesn't always go with what he is wearing. He is a snob who asks: 'Minneapolis? Do they have art there?' He quips: `Monogamy is to love as ideology is to thought; both are failures in imagination.' He ends up bribing the medical staff to bring him drugs when he is in hospital with AIDS

Henry Wotton's neighbour, the "jiggling man" metes out the seconds of physical time for Wotton's existence.

Dorian is described as `completely vapid as well as murderous. A ludicrous, narcissistic pretty boy, with nothing on his mind but sex and sadism [...], selfish
and egotistical."

What is real? Is there a conspiracy feeding us with images of that which is really unreal?: his theory on the Gulf War to Hester Wharton, another of the guests at the Wottons': "Of course", he drawled," the Gulf war never really happened..." "What the hell d'you mean? "[...]"I mean that the Gulf War didn't happen". Dorian held up his hand s and began telling off the fictions on his manicured fingers. "There was no invasion of Kuwait, No tense standoff, no coalition- building, no Scuds falling on Tel Aviv, no bombs smartly singling out Ba'athist apparatchiks in Baghdad, no refugees on the Jordanian border, no Republican guards buried on the Basra road, no Schwarzkopf, no dummkops, no tortured RAF pilots, no victory, none of it. No Gulf War. Can I make myself clearer?" He goes on to ask if anyone knows someone who's actually been killed or lost a lived one.

Amusing phrases include: More gays in audience than on stage at opera. Philanthropy as an `act' is a cynical view. Smart enough to read theology yet perceptive enough to read tea leaves. Modern furniture looked as comfortable as a colonoscopy. Fixing coke - all human striving is here - measured out in millilitres. `You're all delicate flowers, aren't you, boys. The whole death thing shakes you up so, and that nasty moral majority saying it was all your own minority fault.' `You homosexuals are only the vanguard of a mutton army dressed as lambs.' Taking off condom and pouring it in. `as if Cologne Cathedral was being shoved up my fundament' (Jung in reverse) `Conceptual art has degenerated to the level of crude autobiography, a global-village sale of shoddy, personal memorabilia for which video installations are the TV. `why am I always up at the dawn of crack?' I wonder if the Royal Academy gift shop is doing special offers on ....vacuum-packed blood.'

The inclusion of Jeremy magazine is a blast from the past.

There's a surprising ending

That there is a naked man on the cover meant that one of our members felt unable to reads it on the bus.
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Narcissism, surely the scourge of our age 14 août 2004
Par Reader from Singapore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
It was years ago that I read the Wilde classic, so I wasn't as I read Will Self's update consciously or otherwise thinking about the differences between the two and judging how it measures or fails to measure up to its more famous predecessor. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why I enjoyed it while many others disliked it. As a standalone novel about narcissism - surely a contemporary social ill, if not the scourge of our age - I thought "Dorian" stood its own ground very well.

Self doesn't pull his punches in his depiction of the dissolute lifestyle of the upper classes. He seethes with barely concealed contempt for their amorality and their never-ending drug and sex orgies. There's not one sympathetic character among the lot. They're careless and callous of life - they dismiss somebody else's death by murder with the wave of a limp wrist - so when they catch AIDS and find the dagger pointing at their own throats, should anybody baulk ? Dorian is only the distillate and the end result of a values system that encourages if not promotes self worship.

Self's excessive wordplay - headache inducing as always - is only quintessentially Self. I'm sure he's added liberally to the English language. His graphic, no holds barred take on decadence is often unpleasant and shocking. His narrative technique is sometimes confusing as he takes us backwards and forwards in time, juxtaposing past events alongside current occurrences through the use of bedside confessions. We confront our horror just as the tale reaches its nadir when Dorian confuses himself with his airbrushed video images. The rest, as they say, is history.

"Dorian" isn't for everyone. It's nasty, graphic and violent but also eerily contemporary and necessary.
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tedious game of intertextual hide and seek 12 février 2004
Par "pokana" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
110 years ago, the main character of Oscar Wilde's most scandalous as well as renowned novel initiated the destruction of his beautifully preserved, seemingly unspoilt yet profoundly corrupt self by stabbing his truth-revealing portrait.
We all know that any "good" embodiment of evil - as well as any good plot - is doomed to return sooner or later, which is why it should not come as a great surprise to see the return of Dorian Gray. As stunningly beautiful as ever, he is out haunting London and New York, inflicting his virus of death and corruption onto everyone he comes in contact with.
Will Self is honest enough to call his work an imitation, and it really is little more than that, which is both, the strength as well as the weakness of the book. Wilde's plot is, of course, ingenious, offering the reader a little bit of everything, including the tragic fall of its heroes, different moments of self-recognition, unrequited love, more or less outrageous erotic constellations, murder, a little touch of magic and so much more. It is therefore obvious, why Will Self has decided to stay true to the story-line and he does succeed in transposing these different elements and characters into the presence, giving them a new quality of authenticity and liveliness. At the same time, he keeps the reader entertained by involving him/her in a game of intertextual hide and seek, based on the activity of trying to identify by what name or in what shape certain characters or motifs of the original return in its new manifestation.
However, any game is destined to become tedious if the problems involved can be solved too easily and that is what happens when an imitation is too obviously linked to its model. Yes, there is a nice little twist at the end of the story, which is interesting and gratifying to a certain extent, but you will have to go through 260 rather unexciting pages in order to get there. Of course, Will Self differs greatly from Wilde in a stylistic sense, but he does so to his disadvantage. Trying to be overly blunt and shockingly direct, especially in its depiction of gay sex or drug abuse, the text loses a great deal of the original's subtleness and attraction. After all, no-one really needed or wanted to know that Dorian's penis resembles the "dagger of an alien warlord" or that Baz's corpse looks like "human purée". Maybe this is the author's attempt to shock the reader and thereby give us a sense of what it must have been like to read The Picture of Dorian Gray as a Victorian at the end of the 19th Century, but the problem is that the text's potential shock-effect is drowned in a language that tries to be metaphorical, but does not engage the reader's imagination in an effective way.
All in all, Dorian can be considered one more or less successful version of an imitation of Wilde's novel and you should read it if you want to find out how Dorian Gray gets on in the 80s and 90s of the last century or if you are looking to enhance your vocabulary by learning a couple of slang expressions.
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