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The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub
The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub

The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub


342 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9780956336460

Rights: US & CA

Barbican Press (Oct 2016)

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Freewill, love, death, revolution - a student has the themes for his creative writing PhD. He pins them to Elsie Stewart and embarks on her biography. Love takes Elsie to the Spanish Civil War while the story hurtles off into the maelstrom of Ukrainian twentieth century history. Can Professor Thrub's post-structural guidance haul the project back on track? Will love and surgery redeem our student's struggles for a good life, significance and a doctorate? This biting comedy of love, desperation and existence offers a thrilling ride into the world of a major new writer.

Author Biography

The Sunday Herald of D.D.Johnston's first novel: 'Funny as all hell. And it's got morally ambiguous people in it.' The Morning Star: 'A very urgent relevance now and for the immediate future.' D.D. Johnston was born in Scotland and studied Sociology at Edinburgh University. He is the author of Peace, Love, & Petrol Bombs (AK Press, 2011), chosen by Helen Fitzgerald as her Book of the Year in the Sunday Herald: "Peace Love & Petrol Bombs, the debut novel by DD Johnston is a non-preachy coming-of-age story set amid the complex and chaotic backdrop of anti-capitalist politics. It's also funny as all hell. And it's got morally ambiguous people in it. Exactly my cup of organic free-trade tea." Popmatters described it as "a humorous and poignant novel about anarchism – possibly a first" and added that "this genial, engaging, yet serious search for meaning in a commodified global culture deserves wide acclaim" (John L. Murphy). While The Morning Star wrote that "Rarely has a recent work of fiction so naturally and unpretentiously articulated Marx's analysis of worker alienation explicitly and implicitly in its plotlines and dialogue. (…) Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs has a very urgent relevance now and for the immediate future" (Paul Simon).The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub (Barbican Press, 2013) was developed from his doctoral thesis, which earned him a PhD from the University of Gloucestershire in 2012. His short story 'The Invitation' was shortlisted for the 2012 Bridport Prize. He lives in Cheltenham and works at the University of Gloucestershire, where he is a University Teaching Fellow and a senior lecturer in Creative Writing.