Strange Bodies

By Marcel Theroux
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374270650, 292pp.)

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

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A dizzying novel of deception and metempsychosis by the author of the National Book Award finalist "Far North"

"Whatever this is, it started when Nicholas Slopen came back from the dead."
""In a locked ward of a notorious psychiatric hospital sits a man who insists that he is Dr. Nicholas Slopen, failed husband and impoverished Samuel Johnson scholar. Slopen has been dead for months, yet nothing can make this man change his story. What begins as a tale of apparent forgery involving unknown letters by the great Dr. Johnson grows to encompass a conspiracy between a Silicon Valley mogul and his Russian allies to exploit the darkest secret of Soviet technology: the Malevin Procedure.
Marcel Theroux's "Strange Bodies" takes the reader on a dizzying speculative journey that poses questions about identity, authenticity, and what it means to be truly human.

About the Author
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 shortlisted for the prestigious National Book Award. He lives in London.

Saturday, Feb 8, 2014

In Marcel Theroux's Strange Bodies, dead people inhabit new bodies and immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. Theroux tells NPR's Scott Simon, "I think that everyone who loves books has experienced the feeling of being taken over by another mind." More at

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