The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub
On May 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

“Johnston takes us on quite an emotional and intellectual journey…. The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub is like a dopamine-enhanced Porterhouse Blue. As a PhD student grapples with the issues of free will and determinism refracted through the life of a Spanish civil war veteran, Johnston offers us a clanging charivari of clinical administrators, angry old academics and randy students… a determinedly extraordinary novel” 

Paul Simon,  The Morning Star
D. D. Johnston

Top radical fiction by Scottish novelist D.D.Johnston, Longlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2013:


Wildly imagined and beautifully written, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub entwines love stories, a campus comedy, the Scottish Highlands, the Spanish Civil War, Ukrainian revolutions and a lovelorn writer into a modern classic. Get in there now and be among the first to know! Tell friends! Ignite a cult readership!

‘Thrub is unashamedly a novel of ideas, historical and social concepts that are summarised, argued over, rebutted. And as we should expect from the title, one of the biggest of these ideas is the theory of the novel, and by extension of the novel we are actually reading… An ambitious, erudite work with a profound interest in the world as we find it. This interest encompasses unexpectedly vivid sensory descriptions, scenes of violence such as those found in Babel, a junction of philosophy and farce reminiscent of Stoppard, a B.S.Johnson-like use of distancing, and an on-going dialectic between Kantian and post-Kantian theories of being and action… infused with a conviction of what the novel should be, and what it can achieve’

Christopher Burns, The Warwick Review

Hear D.D.Johnston discuss the process behind writing his book here …. with some snippets read live.

‘A great book … and really funny’ –

Georgina Godwin, Monocle Radio

D.D.Johnston Q&A

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