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The Empusium

The Empusium: A Health Resort Horror Story

Olga Tokarczuk

Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

The Nobel Prize-winner’s latest work is a riveting, humorous tale of mystery that takes misogyny to task. In September 1913, Mieczysław, a student suffering from tuberculosis, arrives at a health resort in what is now western Poland. Every day, its residents gather in the dining room to imbibe the hallucinogenic local liqueur, to obsess over money and status, and to discuss the great issues of the day: will there be war? Do devils exist? Are women inherently inferior?

But disturbing events are happening in the guesthouse and its surroundings. Someone—or something—seems to be infiltrating their world. As our student attempts to decipher the sinister forces at work, little does he realise they have already chosen their next target.

As in her acclaimed novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Tokarczuk blends horror story, comedy, folklore, and feminist parable with brilliant storytelling.

Olga Tokarczuk
About the Author

Olga Tokarczuk is the winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature and the Man Booker International Prize, for her novel Flights. She has received many other honours, including her country Poland’s highest literary award, the Nike, for both Flights and The Books of Jacob. Her novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead was also highly...

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About the Translator

Antonia Lloyd-Jones has translated works by many of Poland’s leading contemporary novelists and reportage authors, as well as crime fiction, poetry and children’s books. Her translation of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by 2018 Nobel Prize laureate Olga Tokarczuk was shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International prize. For ten...

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24 September 2024
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‘A magnificent writer.’

‘One among a very few signal European novelists of the past quarter-century.’

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  • The Empusium
    ISBN: 9781922791887
    24 September 2024
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