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A Visionary Novel By a Leading New International Writer
Tonguecat tells the story of a cityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s decline into chaos and violence upon the arrival of Prometheus, the titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind. In the Netherlands, the novel has been described as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“a cross between Jorge Luis BorgesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s mystical labyrinth and William GibsonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s futuristic sprawlÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â (The Rights Report).
As the novel opens, Prometheus abandons a mythical, primeval world ruled by violence for a cold, earthly city that is perpetually in renewalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âa caricature of the city in which we live.
Once descended, Ulrike, an orphaned girl whose body produces music, guides Prometheus though the slums of the city. Prometheus finds himself in a counterculture of squatters, junkies, and storytelling whoresÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âcalled tonguecats. The fire of resistance is smoldering all through the city; although the court continues to function, opposition to the monarchy mounts, and the king leaves his palace in search of human warmth.
Peter VerhelstÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s story, together with the city, bursts apart at the seams. Tonguecat is a visionary novelÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âand a tour de force of imaginative and surreal writing.
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