DAVID ALBAHARI Leeches

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Leeches

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The place is Serbia, the time is the late 1990s. Our protagonist, a single man, writes a regular op-ed column for a Belgrade newspaper and spends the rest of his time with his best friend, smoking pot and talking about sex, politics, and life in general. One day on the shore of the Danube he spots a man slapping a beautiful woman. Intrigued, he follows the woman into the tangled streets of the city until he loses sight of her. A few days later he receives a mysterious manuscript whose contents seem to mutate each time he opens it. To decipher the manuscript—a collection of fragments on the Kabbalah and the history of the Jews of Zemun and Belgrade—he contacts an old schoolmate, now an eccentric mathematician, and a group of men from the Jewish community. 

As the narrator delves deeper into arcane topics, he begins to see signs of anti-Semitism, past and present, throughout the city and he feels impelled to denounce it. But his increasingly passionate columns erupt in a scandal culminating in murder. Following in the footsteps of Foucault’s Pendulum, Leeches is a cerebral adventure into the underground worlds of secret societies and conspiracy theories.

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“A masterpiece, a thrilling maelstrom of conspiracies and counter-conspiracies.”—Die Zeit

 

The place is Serbia, the time is the late 1990s. Our protagonist, a single man, writes a regular op-ed column for a Belgrade paper and spends the rest of his time with his best friend, smoking pot and talking about sex, politics, and life in general. One day on the shore of the Danube, he spots a man slapping a beautiful woman. Intrigued, he follows the woman into the tangled streets of the city until he loses sight of her. A few days later, he receives a mysterious manuscript, a collection of fragments on the Kabbalah and the history of the Zemun and Belgrade Jewish communities.

 

As the narrator delves deeper into arcane topics, he begins to see signs of anti-Semitism, past and present, throughout the city. He feels impelled to denounce it. But his increasingly passionate columns erupt in a scandal, culminating in murder. This complex, powerful, and darkly funny novel reflects the uncertainties of life at the end of the twentieth century.

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"From two names, Albahari conjures imaginary souls whose lives represent all those whom history has forgotten."—San Francisco Chronicle

 

"A dazzling meditation on history, memory, identity, and the nature of evil."—Francine Prose, People

 

"A gorgeous work of the imagination about an act of imagination. The tone is pure, as strange as can be, and hypnotizing."—Deborah Eisenberg, Bomb

 

"An astonishing feat."—The San Diego Union-Tribune

 

"The best of Holocaust literature: chilling, ghastly, and altogether too real."—Chicago Tribune

 

"Sardonic and brutal, written at unrelenting pace with great compassion and wild humor."—The Independent (UK)

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