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Aberrant

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The remarkable debut novel from Marek Sindelka, Aberrant is a multifaceted work that mixes and mashes together a variety of genres and styles to create a heady concoction of crime story, horror story (inspired by the Japanese tradition of kaidan), ecological revenge fantasy, and Siberian shamanism. Nothing is what it seems. What appears to be human is actually a shell occupied by an alien spirit, or demon, and what appears to be an unassuming plant is an aggressive parasite that harbors a poisonous substance within, or manifests itself as an assassin, a phantom with no real substance who pursues his victims across Europe and through a post-apocalyptic Prague ravaged by floods. The blind see, and the seeing are blind. Through these devices, Sindelka weaves a tale of three childhood friends, the errant paths their lives take, and the world of rare plant smuggling -- and the consequences of taking the wrong plant -- to show the rickety foundation of illusions on which our relationship to the environment, and to one another, rests. It is a world of aberrations, anomalies, and mistakes.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 140 x 200 x 14mm | 300g
  • Twisted Spoon Press
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • English
  • 5 black and white illustrations
  • 8086264505
  • 9788086264509

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Aberrant by Marek Sindelka is a brilliantly written and ingeniously constructed novel ... when finished the reader is left with a liberating feeling of catharsis worthy of the dramas of antiquity and medieval legends. - Czech Radioshow more
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