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Fiction Crime


by (author) David Cronenberg

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Crime, Crime & Mystery, Horror
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
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 Now in paperback, master director David Cronenberg's shocking, irresistibly inventive novel about love and the unthinkable limits of desire
     In the book-filled, artfully messy Paris apartment of the famous French intellectuals Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, an astonishing discovery is made. The grisly, butchered remains of Célestine are found--partially eaten--and her husband, sought by the police for questioning, has disappeared. Naomi Seberg, a young journalist, embarks upon a quest to uncover the truth of Célestine's death and Aristide's role in it, traveling to Tokyo to interview the suspected cannibal, while her boyfriend, Nathan Math, a medical journalist, seduces the cancer patient of a controversial Hungarian doctor, contracts a sexually transmitted disease, and traces the disease's famous discoverer to Forest Hill Village in Toronto, where he encounters the most interesting journalistic subject of all.
     In energetic, inventive, and provocative prose, Cronenberg creates an extraordinary, sexually charged novel of dark impulses and appetites that reminds us that the boundaries of lover and beloved aren't nearly as defined as we believe them to be.

About the author

Frequently lauded as one of the world’s greatest and most influential directors, David Cronenberg has created works of cinematic art that have consistently earned him international critical accolades. His uniquely personal and deeply riveting body of work includes such films as ShiversVideodromeThe FlyDead RingersNaked LunchCrashA History of ViolenceEastern PromisesA Dangerous MethodCosmopolis, and Maps to the Stars.

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Editorial Reviews

"Consumed is an eye-opening dazzler. Not for the fainthearted, but for those of us who relish a trip into the shadowy depths, a must-read. Cronenberg's novel is as troubling, sinister, and as enthralling as his films." --Stephen King
"Unlike anything else published in Canada--maybe the world--this year." --The Globe and Mail
"Absolutely fearless ... Beautiful in the depiction of its consensually twisted reality." --NPR

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