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Strange Bodies

Whatever this is, it started when Nicky Slopen came back from the dead.

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.

With echoes of Jorge Luis Borges, Philip K. Dick, Dostoevsky’s Double, and George Eliot’s The Lifted Veil,  Strange Bodies takes the reader on a dizzying speculative journey that poses questions about identity, authenticity, and what it means to be truly human.

Read James Gleick on Strange Bodies in the NYRB

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