The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones

The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones

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The explosive and controversial debut novel by a major new voice in fiction

Meet Tristan Hart, a brilliant young man of means. The year is 1751, and at the age of twenty he leaves home to study medicine at the great hospital of St. Thomas in London. It will be a momentous year for the intellectually ambitious Mr. Hart, who, in addition to being a student of Locke and Descartes and a promising young physician, is also, alas, psychotic. He is obsessed with the nature of pain and medically preventing it, but--equally strong and much harder to control--is his obsession with causing it. Desperate to understand his deviant desires before they are his undoing, he uses the new tools of the age--reason and science and skepticism--to plumb the depths of his own dark mind.

Profoundly imaginative, unexpectedly funny, and with a strange but moving love story at its heart, The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones is an oddly beautiful and daring novel about the relationship between the mind and body, sex, madness, pain, and the existence of God.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 549 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 35.56mm | 362.87g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0143123823
  • 9780143123828
  • 724,361

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Praise for The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones "This gloriously over-egged pudding of a first novel is set in 1750, and crammed with chunks of history, philosophy and folklore ... Wolf is a superb storyteller who sucks the reader into his fascinating imagination." --The Times (UK) "Tristan's sadistic flights of fancy make for consciously creepy reading but this knowingly warped tale about a journey into a disturbed psyche offers more than gratuitous horror. Instead, Wolf's sure hand with Hart's arcane voice and intelligent control of material including medical history and strange folklore results in a thrilling tale of transgression" --Metro (UK)
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About Jack Wolf

Jack Wolf is currently studying for a Ph.D. and is at work on his second novel. He lives in the United Kingdom.
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584 ratings
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4 25% (144)
3 32% (184)
2 17% (99)
1 11% (67)
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