Under the Skin (Paperback)

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With beguiling wit and a compellingly bizarre plot, Under the Skin turns the crank on contemporary society in this dark, and at times comic, parable. Male hitchhikers are being picked up for the ride of their lives. As the nightmarish story unfolds, a wide range of social ills are held up to a looking glass: the randomness and harshness of society to its most disenfranchised, the evil of multinational corporations, the inability to make moral decisions in an amoral world, and the failure to recognize the natural beauty of the places we inhabit. This eerie novel will not only keep you up at night while you are reading it, but will also haunt you long after you have finished.--Will

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In this haunting, entrancing novel, Michel Faber introduces us to Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory—our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion.

About the Author

Michel Faber's work has been published in twenty countries and received several literary awards. He lives in Scotland.

Praise For…

"The fantastic is so nicely played against the day-to-day that one feels the strangeness of both . . . A remarkable novel." —The New York Times

"Alternately gorgeous and terrifying, lyrical and brutal, Under the Skin compels and teases . . . Satisfying and successful." —Newsday

"A wonderful book - painful, lyrical, frightening, brilliant . . . I couldn't put it down." —Kate Atkinson

"Under the Skin tattoos the memory with an unholy trinity of hitch-hikers, the Scottish highlands and the extraterrestrial meat-packing industry. Wonderful, grisly and beyond bonkers." -—David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

"This is a man who could give Conrad a run at writing the perfect sentence." —The Guardian

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156011600
ISBN-10: 0156011603
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: July 16th, 2001
Pages: 336
Language: English