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Strange Bodies

Marcel Theroux

Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux: It started when Nicky Slopen came back from the dead . . .

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Nicholas Slopen has been dead for months. So when a man claiming to be Nicholas turns up to visit an old girlfriend, deception seems the only possible motive.

Yet nothing can make him change his story.

From the secure unit of a notorious psychiatric hospital, he begins to tell his tale: an account of attempted forgery that draws the reader towards an extraordinary truth – a metaphysical conspiracy that lies on the other side of madness and death.

Strange Bodies takes the reader on a dizzying speculative journey that poses questions about identity, authenticity, and what it means to be truly human.

Critic Reviews

A chilling and thrilling parable for our times.

Observer, Paperback of the Week
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The unfolding of the narrative is genuinely eerie, but the richness of allusion and elegance of design as much an enquiry into language and identity as a high-concept literary thriller. Its exploration of human vulnerability, the notion that consciousness may be no more than "a trick of the light", is moving as well as though-provoking, as elegiac as it is gripping.

Justine Jordan, Guardian
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Ingenious and captivating.

Sunday Business Post
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This is a superb technological fantasy, a tense thriller and a brilliantly imagined debate about the relationship between body and soul. Wonderful.

The Times
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A compelling story that bends concepts of reality while keeping a grip on the most sceptical reader . . . A chilling thriller.

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What if a person could survive past his bodily death, to be reconstituted in another form? That is the question Marcel Theroux explores in this wondrous, uncanny novel . . . Funny and blood-curdling at the same time.

James Gleick, New York Review of Books

Marcel Theroux is the author of four previous novels, A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth, The Paperchase, winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award, and Far North which was short-listed for the America’s prestigious National Book Award. He lives in London.

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