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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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

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Consumed by David Cronenberg

The debut novel by the iconic film director. Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan are lovers and competitors - nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity in the social media age, 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. Aristide, suspected of the killing, has disappeared. Naomi sets off in pursuit, but the secrets she discovers are as seductive as they are disturbing. Nathan, meanwhile, is in Budapest photographing the controversial work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltan Molnar. After sleeping with one of Molnar's patients, Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe's. Nathan then travels to Toronto, determined to meet the man who identified the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe, Nathan learns, 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 exhilarating, provocative debut novel from one of the world's leading film directors.

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

'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

'Like a mashup of William Gibson, the king of near-future SF cool, and 1970s horror maestro James Herbert ... an intense and surreal modern vision of the thousand unnatural shocks that flesh is heir to' Guardian

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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Book Info

Publication date

24th August 2015

Author

David Cronenberg

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Literary Fiction
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780007299140

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