Savagely satirical and consistently shocking, Ellis's iconic tale of Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman's dark psychopathy has become an enduring modern classic.
A cult classic, adapted into a film starring Christian Bale.
Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?
Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare ...
With an introduction by Irvine Welsh, Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multi-million-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 26 mm
'American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel ... The novelist's function is to keep a running tag on the progress of the culture; and he's done it brilliantly ... A seminal book' - Fay Weldon, The Washington Post
'Serious, clever and shatteringly effective' - The Sunday Times
'For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards' - John Walsh, The Sunday Times
'That the book's contents are shocking is downright undeniable, but just as Bonfire of the Vanities exposed the corruption and greed engendered in eighties politics and high living, American Psycho examines the mindless preoccupations of the nineties preppy generation' - Time Out
'The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes ... Ellis is showing older authors where the hands have come to on the clock' - Vanity Fair
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