Instruction Manual for Swallowing
Robotic insects, in-growing cutlery, flesh-serving waiters in a zombie cafe...
Welcome to the surreal, misshapen universe of Adam Marek’s first collection; a bestiary of hybrids from the techno-crazed future and mythical past; a users’ guide to the seemingly obvious (and the world of illogic implicit within it). Whether fantastical or everyday in setting, Marek’s stories lead us down to the engine room just beneath modern consciousness, a place of both atavism and familiarity, where the body is fluid, the spirit mechanised, and beasts often tell us more about our humanity than anything we can teach ourselves.
'There's a transgressive thrill to Adam Marek's debut collection of short stories that's not simply a result of the potency of the subject matter... delightful.' - The Guardian.
'Early McEwan meets David Cronenberg.... genuine, unsettling talent' - The Independent.
'Marek is terrific at setting an off-kilter mood.' - The National Post.
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- 1 Nov 2007