Sitting down to write a book about his hero D.H. Lawrence, Geoff Dyer finds himself compelled to write about anything else. He is in fact compelled to do more or less anything else instead of write. In Sicily he is too preoccupied by his hatred of seafood to follow the great writer’s footsteps; in Mexico he cannot get beyond a drug-induced erotic fantasy on a nudist beach … And yet, incredibly, this attempt to write a ‘sober academic study’ reveals the hold Lawrence and his work still exert on us today.
Out of Sheer Rage is a complete one-off, a richly comic study of the combination of bad temper, procrastination and the uncanny power of obliquity.
“An intriguing, magnetic, genre-rattling book”
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“Marvellous … a glorious truant from study … gives a better picture of (Lawrence) than any biography I know.”
“The kind of book that gives literary criticism a bad name. Hilarious!”
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“If there was a prize for the year’s funniest book then it would win hands down”
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Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of Photography’s 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ’s Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 and was a finalist in 1998. In 2015 he received a Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at the University of Southern California.