‘Nervous System is fast, uncompromising and shimmering with intelligence’ Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater
‘Meruane is one of the one or two greats in the new generation of Chilean writers who promise to have it all’ Roberto Bolano
A young woman struggles to finish her PhD on stars and galaxies. Instead, she obsessively tracks the experience of her own body, listening to its functions and rhythms, finally locating in its patterns the beginning of illness and instability. As she discovers the precarity of her self, she begins to turn her attention to the distant orbits of her family members, each moving away from the familial system and each so different in their experiences, but somehow made similar in their shared history of illness and trauma, both political and personal…
Meruane is a deliberate and immensely gifted writer... Nervous System burns in the mind long after one has read it. * New York Times * Lina Meruane's language ultimately works best when it surprises... It is one of Nervous System's reminders of life's staggering happenstance. * TLS * Nervous System is fast, uncompromising and shimmering with intelligence * Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater * Nervous System's dreamy lull belies the slow-motion horror of its plot... I still feel blurrily half-drowned in Meruane's eerie, swirling poetics. * Sarah Manguso, author of 300 Arguments * This is an absolutely fantastic novel. From black holes to mass graves, undiagnosable diseases and (perhaps most terrifying of all) a PhD that hasn't been written, Nervous System is frank, brave, and unsparing. The precision of Meruane's sentences will cut through you like a scalpel. * Julianne Pachico, author of The Anthill *
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