Strange BodiesBook - 2014
Literary science fiction has portrayed walking dead, living dead, undead, and to this mix Theroux now adds strange bodies (mankurt), in a strange, satisfying novel about possession featuring a literary scholar, a music mogul, assorted East European thugs, and the long dead but still articulate Dr. Samuel Johnson. A gloomy English academic with an unappreciated gift for forensic nuance, Nicholas Slopen is in serious need of money when entrepreneur/collector Hunter Gould asks him to authenticate papers purported to be Dr. Johnsonʼs handiwork. Close examination convinces Nicholas the papers are indeed Johnsonʼs, but also that they are fakes (the papersʼ old-fashioned script on more modern material suggests foul play). Sure enough, Nicholas is drawn into a network of enslaved human bodies inhabited by the souls of dead people.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First American edition
Branch Call Number: FIC Ther
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm