Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Quantity Theory of Insanity

by Will Self

Will Self’s astounding collection of stories, sure to appeal to fans of his Man Booker Prize shortlisted Umbrella.

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 224
  • Publication Date May 21, 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2146-2
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $17.00

About The Book

What if there is only a limited amount of sanity in the world and the real reason people go mad is because somebody has to? What if a mysterious tribe in the Amazon rainforest turns out to be the most boring people on earth? What if the afterlife is nothing more than a London suburb, where the dead get new flats, new jobs, and their own telephone directory? In The Quantity Theory of Insanity, Will Self tips over the banal surfaces of everyday existence to uncover the hilarious and the bizarre. Psychiatry, anthropology, theology—and literature—will never be the same.


“If a manic J. G. Ballard and a depressed David Lodge got together, they might produce something like The Quantity Theory of Insanity. But Will Self’s world is all his own; it is both exotic and institutionalized, full of dread and dowdiness and entirely unexpected comedy.” —Martin Amis

“The outright excellence of this book cannot be denied. The Quantity Theory of Insanity is of such caliber that it could strike a new literary rivalry between the U.K. and the United States.” —Los Angeles Reader