The Society of Others (Hardcover)

By William Nicholson

Nan A. Talese, 9780385513272, 224pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2005



In this gripping fable, a young man on an aimless journey crosses a border into a world of unexplained threats and terrifying violence.
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.