Julian Gough : BANG! The Great Somali Goat Bubble

BANG! The Great Somali Goat Bubble

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Business & Finance , Humor

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22 pages





Publication Date

August 19, 2013



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In his #1 Kindle Single CRASH! How I Lost a Hundred Billion and Found True Love, Irish satirist Julian Gough deftly laid bare the Eurozone crisis in all its humor and absurdity. Now in BANG! Gough has turned his inimitable wit and wisdom to third world economies, managing to explain derivatives, arbitrage, and futures through airplanes crashing into livestock.

Dr. Ibrahim Bihi of Somaliland has an advanced degree in economics and, as far as worldly goods go, a goat with three legs. Using his knowledge of temporary market inefficiencies and the propellers of a UN food plane, he turns his goat into capital and sends the global economy into a speculative frenzy. Soon most of the world’s wealth is tied up in goat-backed securities. What could possibly go wrong? Only everything, and with our faithful orphan Jude as guide, we can sit back and laugh our way toward the resolution of this uproariously instructive satire.

A version of BANG! was the first short story to be published in The Financial Times, where it appeared in 2003. The story also was adapted as a BBC radio play in 2009 and sold-out stage production in 2012. For readers unacquainted with the wonderful and bizarre universe of Julian Gough’s literary fiction, this companion to the bestselling short story CRASH! will serve as a perfect introduction.

Editorial Reviews

"This novella is very funny – laugh-out-loud at times…Gough is one of our most talented satirists"—The Irish Independent

"Sheer comic brilliance"—The Times (of London)

"A ridiculous, brilliant piece of writing."—Sunday Guardian (India)

"A novel to reduce you first to laughter then tears"—Writing Changes Lives blog

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