By Michael Helm
For fanatics of Joshua Cohen and Ben Lerner, After James captures the dystopian strangeness of our present world.
A neuroscientist walks out of her lifestyles and isolates herself within the woods, meaning to blow the whistle on a pharmaceutical corporation and its creativity drug long gone mistaken. A lately orphaned graduate institution dropout is employed as a “literary detective” to decode the paintings of a mysterious web poet who writes approximately disappearances and murders with an inexplicably exact wisdom of non-public info. And a virologist discovers her identification has been stolen through a conceptual artist in whose tales an individual regularly is going lacking. Ali, James, and Celia exist in worlds the place implausibilities that when belonged to technology fiction, historic superstition, or dystopian visions are actual or coming near near.
Set in nice towns, distant areas, and lethal borderlands, Michael Helm’s groundbreaking novel, After James, is advised in 3 elements, every one gesturing towards a kind of style fiction: the gothic horror, the detective novel, and the apocalyptic. technological know-how and paintings turn into characters, and secrets and techniques shape, hidden within the codes of genetic sequences, poems, and the styles of political violence. half to half, components repeat—otherworldly climate, nerve-racking paintings, buried corpses—and amid those echoes, a bigger secret arises, person who joins artifice to nature, and fiction to fact, providing us into the troubling ask yourself of the current world.
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After James by Michael Helm