âThe final volume in Iyerâs gloomily brilliant trilogy about a toxic friendship between unfortunate philosophy dons, boozing and bitching in the great tradition of Beckettâs double acts.â â The Guardian
Lars and W., the two preposterous philosophical anti-heroes of Spurious and Dogma — called âUproariousâ by the New York Times Book Review — return and face a political, intellectual, and economic landscape in a state of total ruination.
With philosophy professors being moved to badminton departments and gin in short supply — although not short enoughâthe two hapless intellectuals embark on a relentless mission. Well, several relentless missions. For one, they must help gear a guerilla philosophy movement — conducted outside the academy, perhaps under bridges — that will save the study of philosophy after the long intellectual desert known as the early 21st-century.
For another, they must save themselves, perhaps by learning to play badminton after all. Gin isnât free, you know.
LARS IYER is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the author of two books on Blanchot (Blanchotâs Communism: Art, Philosophy, Politics and Blanchotâs Vigilance: Phenomenology, Literature, Ethics) as well as the two preceding titles in this series: Dogma and Spurious. He is a contributor to Britainâs leading literary blog, Ready, Steady, Book.
”It was more than a book: it was a revelation, in that Biblical sense of words being exposed down to their meaning, to the deed in the world to which they referred.” —The Quietus
âThere is a superfluous joy to these novelsâŠThey are satisfying paradoxes â âdifficultâ books which are consummately readable; exuberant books about bleakness.â âThe Spectator
âHysterically funnyâŠThe trilogy is meant as a capitalist critiqueâŠbut that description belies the buoyant pleasures of the writing.â âThe New York Times
âLars Iyer has made a challenging and vigorous contribution to our sense of the importance of literature and thought in our vexed cultural momentâŠWith the sequel to Spurious, Dogma, Iyer confirmed his importance as part of an âenclave outside literature.ââThe Quarterly Conversation
âIyerâs books arenât so much sad as brimming with good tidings about a utopia that remains pure as long as no one ever does anything âŠÂ like Beckett, they use art to remind us that the whole point is to try, and fail, then try again, and fail better next time.â âHazlittÂ
âThe saddest, funniest undynamic duo since Vladimir and EstragonâŠ LikeÂ SpuriousÂ andÂ Dogma,Â ExodusÂ is a novel which depends almost entirely on the quality of its scorn. And on any scorn-rating it scores pretty highly.â âThe Guardian
âEntirely unlike anything else Iâve ever readâŠExodus is an elegant and beautifully-written conclusion to a wholly original trilogyâ âEmily St. John Mandel, The Millions
âThe hilarious despair of his first two novels,Â SpuriousÂ andÂ Dogma, seems to have touched a chord, each receiving near unanimous acclaim âŠÂ The comedy is a little blacker this time around, and the black a little funnier still.â âTotally Dublin
âIt was more than a book: it was a revelation, in that Biblical sense of words being exposed down to their meaning, to the deed in the world to which they referred.ââTim Smyth,Â The Quietus
A questionnaire asking writers about the effect writing has had on their physical, emotional, and economic health. â Q&A with Lars Iyer on Full Stop
âExodus,Â which followsÂ SpuriousÂ andÂ Dogma,Â is the eminently satisfying and unexpectedly moving final installment in a truly original trilogy about two wandering British intellectuals âLars and W., not to be confused with Lars Iyer and his real friend W., whom heâs been quoting for years on his blog â and their endless search for meaning in a random universe, for true originality of thought, for a leader, for better gin.â âÂ The Millionsâ most anticipated books of 2013
Praise for SPURIOUS and DOGMA
âItâs wonderful. Iâd recommend the book for its insults alone.â âSam Jordison, The Guardian
âUproarious.â âNew York Times Book Review
âIâm still laughing, and itâs days later.â âThe Los Angeles Times
âFearsomely funny.â âThe Washington Post
âViciously funny.â âSan Francisco Chronicle
âA tiny marvel âŠ [A] wonderfully monstrous creation.â âSteven Poole, The Guardian
âThis novel has a seductive way of always doubling back on itself, scorching the earth but extracting its own strange brand of laughter from its commitment to despair.â âThe Believer