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Perry, Sarah Melmoth

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"Masterful...scary and smart, working as a horror story but also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of will and love. Perry did as much in her richly praised novel The Essex Serpent, but this is a deeper, more complex novel and more rewarding." --Washington Post

For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history's darkest waters--and now, in Sarah Perry's breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts--or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .

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"Reels you in, using the same trick of all the best ghost stories, from The Turn of the Screw on: Is there really a ghost before you? Or do you see the projection of your own secret sins and desires? What is more frightening than the human?"--New York Times

"The last few years have brought a glut of fashionably affectless and amoral fiction....Sarah Perry's fierce, full-hearted books about love and ethics feel like an antidote to that elegant apathy....In a world that feels desperate, chaotic, and unredeemable, Melmoth asks us to be witnesses for each other."--NPR

"A novel that manages that vanishingly rare feat - being at once hugely readable and profoundly important...Perry's masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great literary achievements of our young century."--The Guardian

"The author of The Essex Serpent casts another haunting spell in this exquisitely written gothic novel."--People

"Filled with thought-provoking ideas on historical guilt and personal responsibility, as well as a depth of learning...the message at its heart is an uplifting one; even if redemption for wrongdoing cannot always be achieved, there is power in bearing witness."--Financial Times

"An unforgettable achievement...Perry's heartbreaking, horrifying monster confronts the characters not just with the uncanny but also with the human: with humanity's complicity in history's darkest moments, its capacity for guilt, its power of witness, and its longing for both companionship and redemption."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This fever dream of a novel will prove as compelling and all-consuming as The Essex Serpent."--Library Journal (starred review)

"[A] stylized, postmodern work by a masterly writer... a sobering, disturbing, yet powerful and moving book that cannot fail to impress. The stories-within-stories and the Jewish themes recall Dara Horn's The World to Come and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, although Melmoth presents different kinds of nightmares."--Booklist (starred review)

"A gorgeously wrought tale that feels as timeless as its title character and as real as the monster you're sure is sitting at the foot of your bed. Perry doesn't waste a word of this lean, taut novel...by the end you're happily trapped in its eerie embrace."--BookPage

"A single-handed revival of the Gothic tradition."--New York--New York

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For centuries, a mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history's darkest waters--and now, in Sarah Perry's breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts--or, at least, unpronounced sanctuary. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth hunts her prey through the ages, dooming those she captures to the damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as Helen wanders the cobblestone streets, she is being watched. And then Karel disappears . . .

Including an unforgettable cast of characters--among them Helen and her circle in contemporary Prague; a young woman in 1930s Cairo; a junior Ottoman bureaucrat during World War I; a child in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia; a young man caring for his severely ill brother in a Manila hospital; and a desperate refugee from central Africa, precariously seeking shelter in 2017 London--Sarah Perry's breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent is a haunting novel of Gothic dread and moral struggle, a masterpiece of suspense, reckoning, and incandescent midnight.

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