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The exhilarating debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg: the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher’s death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy

Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social media age. They are lovers and competitors—nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows.

Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Célestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide has disappeared. Police suspect him of killing her and consuming parts of her body. With the help of an eccentric graduate student named Hervé Blomqvist, Naomi sets off in pursuit of Aristide. As she delves deeper into Célestine and Aristide’s lives, disturbing details emerge about their sex life—which included trysts with Hervé and others. Can Naomi trust Hervé to help her?

Nathan, meanwhile, is in Budapest photographing the controversial work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltán Molnár, once sought by Interpol for organ trafficking. After sleeping with one of Molnár’s patients, Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe’s. Nathan then travels to Toronto, determined to meet the man who discovered the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe, Nathan learns, now studies his own adult daughter, whose bizarre behavior masks a devastating secret.

These parallel narratives become entwined in a gripping, dreamlike plot that involves geopolitics, 3-D printing, North Korea, the Cannes Film Festival, cancer, and, in an incredible number of varieties, sex.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Consumed is an eye-opening dazzler. Not for the fainthearted, but for those of us who relish a trip into the shadowy depths, a must-read. Cronenberg’s novel is as troubling, sinister, and as enthralling as his films.”

    Stephen King

  • “Classic Cronenberg! Who else can tell such a frightening, thrilling, shocking story about the nexus of the spirit and the flesh? Consumed will, well, consume you.”

    J. J. Abrams, American film and television producer

  • “Coming from David Cronenberg, the originality, wit, preoccupation with technology, and uncompromising carnality of Consumed should come as no surprise. He will probably be accused of every sin that can be invented to compensate for human fear of mind and body. This fiercely original book, with the scope and poetic exactitude of Nabokov’s best work, has the power to unsettle, disarm, and finally make the reader absolutely complicit.”

    Viggo Mortenson, award-winning actor

  • “Cronenberg may be best known for his films, but this cool, unsympathetic examination of self-absorbed intellectuals shows that his skills as a prose author are not to be discounted.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For cineasts raised on Cronenberg’s brilliant, twisted mid-’70s-to-mid-’80s oeuvre—video nasties like Rabid, The Brood, Videodrome, and Scanners—this debut will feel like a homecoming…The biggest revelation here is that Cronenberg is a gangbusters novelist…Let’s hope Cronenberg makes this book-writing thing a priority.”


  • “Unsettling surprises are in store for everyone. Cronenberg’s fascination with human flesh and its relationship to and interaction with technology—in this case, a full regalia of laptops, cellphones, iPads and cameras—will be familiar to those who have seen his films…Cronenberg’s literary debut is not for everyone, but those who enjoyed eXistenZ and Naked Lunch will find much to like here.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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