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The Suicide Machine

Douglas Thompson

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Status available
Release Date Autumn 2019
Size 15 × 23 cm
Pages 212
Weight 360 g
ISBN 978-3-945795-55-2
Edition paperback edition
Workmanship Paperback binding, illustrated boards.


“In a decaying suburban house, a narrator tends to his elderly mother while disturbed by nightmarish visions of his deceased artist brother, for whose violent death he blames himself. Hallucinations and conversations tell of possible futures, ambiguous pasts and surreal allegories. Of these the most fantastical of all may be The Suicide Machine itself: the discovery in an abandoned Glasgow villa of a cryptic black device linked to a dissident Russian physicist and his tragic lover, whose rumoured psychic experiments reverberate into the present. Family secrets and the enigmatic boundaries of life, death, sex and sanity all progressively give way and coalesce into an elegiac journey towards hard-won hope from the depths of despair.”