The Book of Revelation by Rupert Thomson

Despite the sensationalist premise–a male ballet dancer is abducted by three women, sexually violated and tortured–this novel eschews the gruesome, the voyeuristic and the easy.  A subtle, precisely-written meditation on trauma, gender roles and fate, Thomson’s novel calls to mind the caprice of Kafka, the philosophy of violence and the body in Milan Kundera and the psychological complexity of Ian McEwan.

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