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An Appallingly Undeniable Vision

Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure by Ross Fitzgerald & Ian McFadyen Hybrid, 2015, 185 pages, $26.95 Thirty-five years ago I took the first of Ross Fitzgerald’s Grafton Everest novels from a publisher’s heap of unread manuscripts. I found it an unmitigatedly vulgar, politically incorrect, tasteless and offensive slapstick farce set in an allegedly fictional university. “Publish it,” I recommended. “Nothing else has captured the world of academia so convincingly.” In the intervening years the universities have accelerated their headlong rush into degradation, and Fitzgerald has continued to chart their decay. The University of Mangoland, now rebranded as UniMang,…

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