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Consumed by David Cronenberg
  

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There are fascinating arguments about whether the pinnacle of art can be reached best through collaboration or solo work. From Renaissance artists’ studios to Warhol’s Factory to the Writers Rooms of much of film and TV, collaboration has a rich history. David Cronenberg is one of the most revered film directors in history and this, his debut novel is an intriguing, fascinating contrast to his rich collaborative career. Dark, chilling, rich and enveloping.

If you like David Cronenberg you might also like to read books by William Gibson, Daniel Kehlman and James Ellroy.

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Synopsis

Consumed by David Cronenberg

The debut novel by the iconic film director. Stylish and tech-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors - nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows. Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Celestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Celestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Naomi sets off on the trail of Aristide, who has fled the country. But the truth behind the murder is disturbing and deadly. Nathan, meanwhile, has contracted a rare STD called Roiphe's. He travels to Toronto, determined to meet the man who discovered the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe, now studies his own adult daughter, whose bizarre behaviour masks a devastating secret. These parallel narratives become entwined in a gripping, dreamlike plot that involves geopolitics, 3-D printing, North Korea, the Cannes Film Festival, cancer, and, in an incredible number of varieties, sex. 'Consumed' is an exuberant, provocative debut novel from one of the world's leading film directors.

Reviews

Praise for 'Consumed':

'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

'Classic Cronenberg! Who else can tell such a frightening, thrilling, shocking story about the nexus of the spirit and the flesh? 'Consumed'will, well, consume you.'
J. J. Abrams

'Coming from David Cronenberg, the originality, wit, preoccupation with technology, and uncompromising carnality of 'Consumed' should come as no surprise ... This fiercely original book, with the scope and poetic exactitude of Nabokov's best work, has the power to unsettle, disarm, and finally make the reader absolutely complicit.
Viggo Mortensen

'An astonishing, seamless continuation of what I call his peerless novelistic film oeuvres. With 'Consumed', he has become the definitive heir, not just of Kafka and Borges, but of Cronenberg himself.'
Bruce Wagner

Praise for David Cronenberg:

'Few directors have ploughed such distinctive furrows as Cronenberg. And now in his fourth decade of film-making, he is still at the cutting edge.' 'The World's 40 Best Directors', The Guardian, 'An intellectual with ominous powers.'
The New York Times

'The most audacious and challenging narrative director in the English-speaking world'
The Village Voice

'Horror's smartest/scariest auteur.' 'Greatest Directors Ever'
Total Film

About the Author

David Cronenberg is an internationally renowned and award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. Often controversial and shocking in their subject matter his films include The Fly, Videodrome, Naked Lunch (based on the William Burroughs' novel), Crash (based on J.G. Ballard's), Spider (based on Patrick McGrath's), and, most recently, The History of Violence and Eastern Promises. He lives in Toronto.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

David Cronenberg

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Hardback

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Literary Fiction
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