The perfect book for paranoid times, ‘I’ introduces us to W, a mere hanger-on in East Berlin’s postmodern underground literary scene. All is not as it appears, though, as W is actually a Stasi informant who reports to a mercurial David Bowie lookalike, Major Feuerbach. But are political secrets all that W is seeking in the underground labyrinth of Berlin? In fact, what W really desires are his own lost memories, the self undone by surveillance: his ‘I’. A black comedy about state power and the seductions of surveillance, this engrossing novel offers a penetrating vision that is especially relevant in our world of cameras on every train, bus and corner.
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