Marked by powerful and evocative prose, Ferenc Barnas's novel tells the fascinating story of a young man's journey through his strange obsessions towards possible recovery.
The unnamed narrator is the parasite, feeding off others' ailments, but he is also a host who attracts people with the most peculiar manias.
He confesses, almost amiably, his decadent attraction as a young adolescent to illnesses and hospitals.
The real descent into his private, hallucinatory hell begins after his first sexual encounter; he becomes a compulsive masturbator, and then a compulsive fornicator.
But to his horror, he realizes that casual sex is not casual at all for him--each one-night stand results in insane jealousy: he imagines previous lovers hovering over him every time he makes love to a woman. When he gets to know a woman referred to as L., he thinks his demons may have finally subsided.
But when he hears of her past, the jealousy returns.
He seeks relief through writing--by weaving an imagined tale of L.'s amorous adventures.
What will he do with this strange manuscript, and can it bring him healing?
A breathtaking blend of Dostoevskian visions, episodes of madness, and intellectual fervor, all delivered in precise, lucid prose, The Parasite is a novel that one cannot escape.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/05/2020
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857427403