Excerpted from Notes from a Coma by Mike McCormack. Copyright © 2013 by Mike McCormack. Excerpted by permission of Soho Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Praise for Notes from a Coma
"A cross between 1984 and The X-Files.... Notes From a Coma establishes McCormack as one of the most original and important voices in contemporary Irish fiction.”
─Irish Times (original review)
"The greatest Irish novel of the decade just ended."
"McCormack's language is lovely, lyrical...his humor is dark, macabre; the words glimmer like a spell."
“The testimony about JJ's life is written with a sad and touching simplicity.... Intriguing.”
─Wall Street Journal
“Subtle but haunting storytelling mixes with an insightful examination into the ethics of the penal system to produce an unusual and unforgettable read.”
─Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
“A major talent in Irish fiction.....McCormack slyly and brilliantly satirizes, among many other things, our fixations with celebrity and high-priced medical technology.”
“Additional events and commentary take place literarily underneath these chapters in long footnotes.... [They underscore] how unique and noteworthy this unusual novel truly is — and why McCormack undeniably deserves a wider audience on this side of the globe.”
“An intriguing novel that touches on many of the moral and ethical questions of the day. Mike McCormack is one to watch.”
“A great work of literary/psychological fiction...well worth the read.”
─A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
“Are you ready for something mind-bending, something intelligent, introspective, and quintessentially Irish? Five men volunteer to enter a comatose state to test a new idea for incarceration of criminals. The novel makes a subtle statement on today’s politics, spirituality, and even celebrity worship.”
—Mary T. of R.J. Julia Booksellers
"Compelling....A story of politics, psychology, metaphysics, and family that defies easy classification."
Praise for Mike McCormack
"McCormack's obsessions at times converge with those explored by Ian McEwan, Will Self and J. G. Ballard, but his clever ideas and fluid, gracefully morbid style are all his own."
"When venturing into the realm of the macabre, a writer gains a distinct advantage if he has a sense of discipline and a sense of humor ... Mike McCormack has both to spare.... Like parables in their easy transcendence of setting and time, the most audacious stories are classics."
─The New York Times Book Review