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Radical in its conception, uncompromising in its style, Umbrella is will Self’s most extravagant and imaginative work to date. Following his abandoned experiment in running his R D Laing-influenced therapeutic community, maverick psychiatrist Zack Bustner arrives at Friern Hospital under a personal and professional cloud. Although determined to avoid further controversy he soon becomes involved in an attempt to bring the asylum’s post encephalitic patients back to life – with wholly unforeseen circumstances.