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The Afflictions

Vikram Paralkar, Amanda Thomas (Illustrator)


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Shadowing an elderly librarian on his first day at the great Central Library, M ximo is thrilled to get a peek at the exclusive Encyclopedia of Medicine. It's a dizzying collection of maladies: an amnesia that causes everyone you've ever met to forget you exist, while you remain perfectly, painfully aware of your history. A wound that grows with each dark thought or evil deed you commit but shrinks with every act of kindness. A disease that causes your body to imitate death, stopping your heart, cooling your blood. Will the fit pass before they bury you-or after? As M ximo soon discovers, medicine at the Central Library may be more than he bargained for. The Afflictions is a magical compendium of pseudo-diseases, an encyclopedia of archaic medicine written by a contemporary physician and scientist. Little by little, these bizarre and mystical afflictions frame an eternal struggle: between human desire and the limits of bodily existence.

Praise For The Afflictions

From Tweed's Magazine:
"The Afflictions does not stop at a unique sickness and turn the consequences into a story. It catalogues a world of unknown ailments, touches upon the moral ramifications of each, and lets the reader imagine the rest."

Lanternfish Press LLC, 9781941360026, 182pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 2014