A dizzying novel of deception and metempsychosis by the author of the National Book Award finalist Far North
Whatever this is, it started when Nicholas Slopen came back from the dead.
In a locked ward of a notorious psychiatric hospital sits a man who insists that he is Dr. Nicholas Slopen, failed husband and impoverished Samuel Johnson scholar. Slopen has been dead for months, yet nothing can make this man change his story. What begins as a tale of apparent forgery involving unknown letters by the great Dr. Johnson grows to encompass a conspiracy between a Silicon Valley mogul and his Russian allies to exploit the darkest secret of Soviet technology: the Malevin Procedure.
Marcel Theroux's Strange Bodies takes the reader on a dizzying speculative journey that poses questions about identity, authenticity, and what it means to be truly human.
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As one of the more literary-minded of science-fiction novelists (or vice versa), Theroux (Far North, 2009, etc.) challenges summary in a novel that encompasses literary criticism...Often enthralling and occasionally maddening, the novel expands the reader’s sense of possibility even as it strains credulity.Read Full Review of Strange Bodies | See more reviews from Kirkus
But what makes Shelley’s novel enduring is the fraught relationship between the creator and his creation...For all its laudable aims, Theroux’s novel never made me feel deeply for Nicholas Slopen, or his experimental twin.Read Full Review of Strange Bodies | See more reviews from NY Times
Mr. Theroux’s novel is a techno-thriller with echoes of both “Frankenstein” and a Sherlock Holmes whodunit. It’s the kind of book in which people fall and bonk their heads on doorknobs at inopportune moments.Read Full Review of Strange Bodies | See more reviews from NY Times
If some of the plot developments occasionally feel contrived to fit in with his grand scheme...then it barely matters, such is the visionary glee with which Theroux creates a world in which man's identity is no longer restricted to physical form, but instead is as mutable as shifting a song between music devices.Read Full Review of Strange Bodies | See more reviews from Guardian
Metaphysical musings, shared consciousness, mad chases around London and a disturbing procedure in a remote Kazakh laboratory all figure in the ensuing plot-thickening. Endlessly gripping and fiercely intelligent, Strange Bodies posits...that an individual’s word output could function as a kind of reproducible DNA.Read Full Review of Strange Bodies | See more reviews from Toronto Star
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