Who would have thought that a book about two disillusioned teachers of philosophy travelling round the country, talking about, among other things, Kierkegaard and the death of philosophy could be so gripping? Lars Iyer, however, has made it so, partly because he is often so funny and partly because he and his protagonists really do believe, and persuade us to believe, in the values they see disappearing before their eyes, under the pressure of successive philistine governments. In the end this, like the work of Patrick Keiller, but much funnier, is a book both about Britain today and about what is precious and needs to be preserved.
Paul Davies at Architecture and Other Habits has a few words on Exodus.
And this from Chris Robinson, from the Spring Reading List of the Readers & Writers Book Club, North Country Public Radio:
Lars Iyer, Exodus. It is my job to inform you that there is a contemporary author who writes in a manner reminiscent of Samuel Beckett. That is, Iyer in his trilogy – Spurious, Dogma and Exodus – presents two characters (W. and Lars) that appraise and represent the decline of contemporary Western culture. These books are often hilarious, and unfailingly poignant. Exodus is the best volume of the trilogy and covers the neoliberal destruction of the university and the messianic turn in W’s thought.