Remainder (2005) by Tom McCarthy


Critical Assessment "The subject of identity – how human memory and reality might be manipulated by outside agents – features in countless futuristic books, stories and films, and has been especially popular in the last decade as advances in the visual, auditory and surgical arts have made us increasingly wary of trusting our senses. But McCarthy's superb stylistic control and uncanny imagination transport this novel beyond the borders of science fiction. His bleak humor, hauntingly affectless narrator and methodical expansion on his theme make "Remainder" more than an entertaining brain-teaser: it's a work of novelistic philosophy, as disturbing as it is [...]