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Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe by Will Self
Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe is one novella and four short stories packed into one book. The novella, Dr, Mukti, tells of a duel between two psychiatrists who refer patients to each other for a second opinion, hoping that their psychoses will erupt upon their foe. Full of dark comedy, the border between sanity and madness becomes hard to distinguish. The short stories concern a criminal who hides with an aging pensioner, a debate aboard a hot air balloon, a depressed and disengaged father who takes his kids to the park, and a mental patient who thinks he's a chimp. Will Self explores the darker corners of the human psyche and traumatized and misplaced lives. Scotsman.com says of Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe, "Those of us who relish the zestful manipulation of language, and those who are untroubled by the fog of misanthropy which permeates these stories, ought at least to take pleasure in the reckless artistry of Self's writing."