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May 15, 2013 BOOKLIST
Iyer wraps up his comic philosophical trilogy, begun with Spurious (2011) and continued by Dogma (2012). W and Lars are back in England. W was fired by his university, which phased out its humanities department, but a legal technicality keeps him employed, although in a particularly galling fashion (he’s teaching philosophy to sports-science students). He suggests to Lars, a fictionalized version of the author, that they embark on one final lecture tour, traveling the country and speaking about the impending death of philosophy as a subject of study and as an intellectual pursuit. Like the previous two novels, this one is definitely not for all tastes. It’s deliberately disjointed, bouncing from subject to subject, often without any warning or transition, the story shaped by W and Lars’ seemingly directionless dialogue (but, if you pay close attention, a direction does emerge). Think of it like a jigsaw puzzle: you can get a sense of where it’s going at various points, but you can only see the big picture when you’ve finished it.