From the streets of Montréal’s Plateau to the mountainous hillsides of Machu Picchu and beyond, this high-spirited picaresque investigates themes of mortality, idealism, and transgressive art from the perspective of young adults, in a novel comprised of incidents by turns comic, erotic, tender, and harrowing.
In conceiving of this novel, Code took as influence such works as Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile and Horacio Castellanos Moya’s Senselessness. With its dark humour and elements of psychological compulsion, Involuntary Bliss also follows in the tradition of Franz Kafka, while its eroticism, narrative momentum and intimations of violence align well with the novels of Haruki Murakami.
Praise for Involuntary Bliss:
"A wry elegy for youth and a melancholy ode to Montreal. Almost as disquieting as it is entertaining, Involuntary Bliss is a literary derangement of the senses and an elegant addition to the current stream of coming-of-age fiction." --Mike Steeves, author of Giving Up
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