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Will Self: Fact 'far stranger than fiction'

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An epidemic of encephalitis lethargica after World War I killed almost a million people and left many others in a catatonic state.

Will Self, who has written a novel on the subject, speaks to Today programme reporter Nicola Stanbridge.

"Stories choose you," he says.

"These phenomena of mind are far stranger than anything you can arrive at in fiction."

This is a longer version of the broadcast interview


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