The Empusium: A Health Resort Horror Story (Hardcover)

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The Empusium: A Health Resort Horror Story (Hardcover)


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The Nobelist’s latest masterwork, set in a sanitarium on the eve of World War I, probes the horrors that lie beneath our most hallowed ideas

September 1913. A young Pole suffering from tuberculosis arrives at Wilhelm Opitz’s Guesthouse for Gentlemen in the village of Görbersdorf, a health resort in the Silesian mountains. Every evening the residents gather to imbibe the hallucinogenic local liqueur and debate the great issues of the day: Monarchy or democracy? Do devils exist? Are women born inferior? War or peace? Meanwhile, disturbing things are happening in the guesthouse and the surrounding hills. Someone—or something—seems to be watching, attempting to infiltrate this cloistered world. Little does the newcomer realize, as he tries to unravel both the truths within himself and the mystery of the sinister forces beyond, that they have already chosen their next target.
A century after the publication of The Magic Mountain, Olga Tokarczuk revisits Thomas Mann territory and lays claim to it, with signature boldness, inventiveness, humor, and bravura.
Olga Tokarczuk is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker International Prize, among many other honors. She is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, two collections of essays, and a children's book; her work has been translated into more than fifty languages.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593712948
ISBN-10: 0593712943
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: September 24th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English
Praise for The Empusium:

“Reckons with some of the major intellectual questions of the 20th century while simultaneously spinning a mysterious—and spooky—web of intrigue and suspense. A crucial addition to Tokarczuk’s oeuvre.” —Kirkus, STARRED review

“Tokarczuk concocts a potent blend of horror tropes and literary references (Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann) as she realizes the potential of her tale’s uncommon setting—a community set apart by the omnipresence of sickness and death, where the rules of civilized propriety give way to more fantastic possibilities. Readers will find much to savor.” –Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Books of Jacob:

“Just as awe-inspiring as the Nobel judges claimed.” —The Washington Post

“Sophisticated and ribald and briming with folk wit. . . . The comedy in this novel blends, as it does in life, with genuine tragedy.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Praise for Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead:

“A brlliant literary murder mystery.” —Chicago Tribune

“A winding, imaginative, genre-defying story. Part murder mystery, part fairy tale. . . a thrilling philosophical examination of the ways in which some living creatures are privileged above others.” —Time

Praise for Flights:

“A revelation. . . In this risky, restlessly mercurial book, Tokarczuk has found a way of turning. . .  philosophy into writing that doesn't just take flight but soars.” —NPR's Fresh Air