Using technology that doesn’t exist, a professor gives a lecture about a man living his life without a head. A writer who is missing a leg battles isolation and looks for validation among those who would be the subjects of his research. Bellatin’s writing is beautiful, odd, dislocating, and darkly funny. Bellatin’s language is simple, but each phrase is dense and intentionally vague. The journey through this book may be deceptively easy. Upon your return you’ll find that your luggage takes a very long time to unpack.

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