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Aberrant

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  aberrant

by Marek Šindelka

translated from the Czech by Nathan Fields

artwork by Petr Nikl


The remarkable debut novel from Marek Šindelka, already the recipient of his country's major literary awards for poetry (Jiří Orten Prize) and prose (Magnesia Litera), Aberrant is a multifaceted work that mixes and mashes together a variety of genres and styles to create a heady concoction of crime story, horror story (inspired by the Japanese tradition of kaidan), ecological revenge fantasy, and Siberian shamanism. Nothing is what it seems. What appears to be human is actually a shell occupied by an alien spirit, or demon, and what appears to be an unassuming plant is an aggressive parasite that harbors a poisonous substance within, or manifests itself as an assassin, a phantom with no real substance who pursues his victims across Europe and through a post-apocalyptic Prague ravaged by floods. The blind see, and the seeing are blind. Through these devices, Šindelka weaves a tale of three childhood friends, the errant paths their lives take, and the world of rare plant smuggling — and the consequences of taking the wrong plant — to show the rickety foundation of illusions on which our relationship to the environment, and to one another, rests. It is a world of aberrations, anomalies, and mistakes.

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What others say:

The plant world constitutes a specific milieu in the novel and recalls [Michal] Ajvaz's The Other City, which is visible only to those who wish to see it ...

— iLiteratura.cz

Aberrant by Marek Šindelka is a brilliantly written and ingeniously constructed novel ... when finished the reader is left with a liberating feeling of catharsis befitting the dramas of antiquity and medieval legends.

— Czech Radio

   

ISBN 9788086264509
220 pp.
14 x 20 cm
softcover with flaps
5 b/w drawings
fiction : novel

cover by Dan Mayer

release dates:
UK: April 25, 2017
US: June 15, 2017

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