The exhilarating debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg: the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher’s death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy.
Author: David Cronenberg
Publication: September 30, 2014
Edition language: English
Wow! This debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg's devours the senses. Truth be told, I was going to put this book on the shelf, but glad I didn't. The author's empowering knowledge of present day photographic equipment and 3-d printers makes one hell of a story.
The story is of two journalists,Naomi and Nathan, whose interest in a French philosopher’s death becomes a journey into global conspiracy.
Naomi is drawn to Celestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Celestine is found dead and Aristide has disappeared. Police suspect him of killing her and consuming parts of her body. A graduate student named Herve Blomqvis helps Naomi try to find Aristide and she finds very disturbing details about their sex life including trysts with Herve.
At the same time Nathan is in Budapest photographing the work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltan Molnar, once sought by Interpol for organ trafficking. After sleeping with one of Molnar’s patients, Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe’s. Nathan then travels to Toronto, to meet the man who discovered the STD, a. Dr. Barry Roiphe. Nathan learns, he now studies his own adult daughter, whose behavior hides a secret. A secret that is more than overwhelming.
The narrative's of Naomi and Nathan are cleverly tied together and this story is provocative to say the least. Very good read.
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Connect with David Cronenberg
Cronenberg has worked with Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen in A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), both crime thrillers, and period drama A Dangerous Method (2011), also with Michael Fassbender (Promotheus)and Keira Knightley, and Twilight star Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis (2012) and Maps to the Stars (2014), also featuring Julianne Moore.
Consumed (2014) is the first novel by Cronenberg.