Man Hating Psycho
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Recommended by Jonny
‘Mad good collection from an exciting contemporary voice. I laughed out loud, I squirmed – worth it for the WhatsApp group story alone!’
From the publisher
‘Utterly absorbing and standout tales... Baal’s witty and unconventional prose will hook you in right from the start.’
‘An extraordinary voice, and if you want to understand what happens next in modern writing, you’d do well to listen to it. A revelation.’
– Alan Moore
Man Hating Psycho is the caustic new collection of stories from visionary writer Iphgenia Baal. Interrogating the disconnect between our public identities and real-life selves, Baal exposes the inherent duplicity of online communication.
Text messages relaying deep personal crisis are nothing more than an annoyance, WhatsApp takedowns of wide-eyed left-wingers unfold at breakneck speed, friendships that seem set in stone disintegrate at the first hint of sex, the language of love degraded as life becomes more and more transactional.
With black and disquieting humour, thirteen playful texts disparage the highly-profitable superstitions that are the scaffolding of our current social order.
Man Hating Psycho lays bare the trappings of modern life, whilst putting the short story form through a literary mincer.