The Strangest by Michael J. Seidlinger

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“For all I have known, and will know, this is adaptation.” A smart adaptation indeed of a hallowed classic, repositioning it for a grimmer world three-quarters of a century on.
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"Step back Camus, your anti-hero has been fragmented and dispersed via the free-fall of social media. Michael J. Seidlinger's re-visioning enters the anthropocene without apology or oxygen masks, and asks us to take the trip toward self discovery as if the self was moving particles. A kick-ass ride. A beautiful dismemberment." —Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children

"If anyone at any time is in search of a novel that renders the dysphoria and fragmentation experienced by the first generation to live through social media, then he or she should begin with The Strangest. Like Camus, Seidlinger does not so much describe anomie as write from it; the result is a strangely resonant book that feels, above all else, honest." —Will Chancellor, author of A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall

Michael Seidlinger has dared tackle one of the literary classics of the 20th century literature and reimagined it for the 21st: and in Albert Camus’ anti-hero Meursault, at once apathetic and violent, unable to connect with his fellow humans, Seidlinger exhumes a perfect metaphor for the Internet Generation. Zachary Weinham, anchorless in terms of morals and committed to nothing except commenting on comments and their comments etc., finds himself involved in the sinister machinations of Rios, someone he meets in a bar, and allows himself to be set up—whether out of apathy or a desire for self-destruction it’s hard to tell. A murder ensues. Shunned by his friends and associates, not sure of what he has gotten into, Zachary heads for confrontation with society—and his own moral values.

“For a line to exist, it would first have to be crossed.”
 

About Michael J. Seidlinger

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Michael J. Seidlinger is the author of a number of novels including The Laughter of Strangers, The Fun We've Had and The Face of Any Other. He serves as Electric Literature's Book Reviews Editor as well as publisher-in-chief of Civil Coping Mechanisms, an indie press specializing in unclassifiable/innovative fiction and poetry. Melissa Lirag
 
Published October 25, 2015 by OR Books. 203 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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“For all I have known, and will know, this is adaptation.” A smart adaptation indeed of a hallowed classic, repositioning it for a grimmer world three-quarters of a century on.

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