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Cock and Bull by Will Self

These two postmodern stories from 1993 have remained under my radar until now.

Will Self writes irony and challenges gender roles along the way with immaculately timed black humour. The lead character in each of these stories wakes up to something of an anatomical surprise. In the first story, Cock, a woman grows a penis; whereas in the second offering, Bull, a man grows a vagina behind his knee. Throughout, classical narrative expectations are undermined and destabilised. And we find ourselves always more interested in the emotional, rather than the physical metamorphosis of the protagonists

The two stories are unconnected, apart from the genitalia involved. Cock and Bull is absolutely filthy, the product of a depraved mind. Go and get yourself a copy. It is the funniest book I know of in the field of the hermaphrodite.

3 Responses to “Cock and Bull by Will Self”

  1. flobits says:

    Hi,

    How can I get to the stories? they seem promising 🙂

    Cheers

  2. Thomas Baker says:

    haha, maybe I might 🙂

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