The Society of Others
By William Nicholson
(Nan A. Talese, Hardcover, 9780385513272, 224pp.)
Publication Date: January 2005
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Drawing readers in with a cool, oddly appealing bluntness, the narrator of "The Society of Others" launches a disturbingly surreal tale of his adventures in an unnamed country somewhere in Eastern Europe. His plan is to hitchhike through Europe without any destination, but like a character in a Kafka novel, he finds himself confronting a world that defies rational explanation and descending into an orgy of violence that threatens to destroy his power to control his identity.
Written with a pace and thrust of a thriller," The Society of Others" is a stunning intellectual adventure, a moral fable bursting with art, poetry, music, and profound philosophical insight.