Senseless by Stona Fitch

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Critics and readers have called Senseless the most disturbing novel ever written. This literary thriller delivers an unsettling mix of torture, guilt, and moral ambiguity. Eliott Gast, a seasoned American economist, is abducted in Brussels by a shadowy anti-globalization group. He spends forty days in a white apartment, questioned and tortured by his captors, every moment broadcast on the Internet. His mind racing, Gast tries to explain why he is here, exploring sins both small and large.

Originally published in the U.S. just days after the 9/11 attacks, Senseless is a cult classic that continues to resonate. Published internationally, Senseless has not been available as an ebook—until now. Can you handle it?

“Kafka in overdrive.”
– Cincinnati Enquirer

“Startling in conception and disturbing in what it says about our times.”
– J. M. Coetzee

“Small like a stick of dynamite.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Combines the taut plotline of a made-for-TV thriller with the ruminations of a sophisticated literary novella.”
– Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer

Stona Fitch’s novels have been published in ten languages and have inspired feature films and graphic novels. Known for crossing genres and engaging readers in new ways, his work combines the pace of thrillers with the resonance of literary fiction. In 2008, Fitch founded the renegade Concord Free Press and established a new kind of publishing, one based on generosity. In 2011, he expanded the press to include the Concord ePress, creating a growing community of writers, designers, and editors committed to connecting with readers in innovative ways.

About Stona Fitch

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Stona Fitch lives in Concord, MA, and is at work on his third novel. His first, Strategies for Success, was published in 1992.
Published May 16, 2011 by Concord ePress. 160 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here’s the twist: Elliott Gast becomes the world’s first “online hostage”: his imprisonment and subsequent torture are broadcast via the Internet to millions of PC-users across the world, who can vote for him to be tortured further or spared.

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The terrorist leader, nicknamed Blackbeard because he always wears a pirate's mask, tells Gast the cables are cameras used to broadcast his ordeal around the world on the Internet.

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Senseless is a book that does not leave you, whose disturbing images remain with you long after you finish the last page.

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