Melmoth by Sarah Perry audiobook

Melmoth: A Novel

By Sarah Perry
Read by Jan Cramer

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062856395
10.66 Hours Unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

A 2018 NPR Best Book of the Year selection

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. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"[An]exquisitely written gothic novel.” People
“A gothic masterwork.” Entertainment Weekly
“Masterful…a horror story but also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of will and love.” Washington Post
“Though rich in gothic tropes and sinister atmosphere, the novel transcends pastiche. 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 is a dusty mansion, with small manuscript-filled rooms, creaky stairs, multiple twists and turns, and loads of angst. For readers who favor ghost stories as bedtime reading, this fever dream of a novel will prove as compelling and all-consuming as The Essex Serpent.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A sobering, disturbing, yet powerful and moving book that cannot fail to impress.” Booklist (starred review)
“Perry is changing what a modern-day ghost story can look like, challenging her readers to confront the realities of worldwide suffering from which fiction is so often an escape. A chilling novel about confronting our complicity in past atrocities—and retaining the strength and moral courage to strive for the future.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Sarah Perry

Author Bio: Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is an author whose first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and was a member of the journal’s nonfiction editorial board. She is the recipient of a Writers’ Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education and has attended residencies at Norton Island in Maine and PLAYA in Oregon.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English