Leeches

Leeches

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The place is Serbia, the time is the late 1990s. Our protagonist, a single man, writes a regular op-ed column for a Belgrade newspaper and spends the rest of his time with his best friend, smoking pot and talking about sex, politics, and life in general. One day on the shore of the Danube he spots a man slapping a beautiful woman. Intrigued, he follows the woman into the tangled streets of the city until he loses sight of her. A few days later he receives a mysterious manuscript whose contents seem to mutate each time he opens it. To decipher the manuscript—a collection of fragments on the Kabbalah and the history of the Jews of Zemun and Belgrade—he contacts an old schoolmate, now an eccentric mathematician, and a group of men from the Jewish community. 

As the narrator delves deeper into arcane topics, he begins to see signs of anti-Semitism, past and present, throughout the city and he feels impelled to denounce it. But his increasingly passionate columns erupt in a scandal culminating in murder. Following in the footsteps of Foucault’s Pendulum, Leeches is a cerebral adventure into the underground worlds of secret societies and conspiracy theories.


The protagonist, a single man, lives in Zemun, Serbia in the spring 1998, and writes a regular column for a Belgrade periodical. One day, by the Danube, he sees a man slapping a woman; a few days later, he comes across a personal ad referring to the scene, clearly meant for him. He responds to the ad and receives a mysterious manuscript, which proves to be a collection of fragments on the Kabala and Belgrade's Jewish communities in the nineteenth century. He's fascinated, delves into the history of Jews in Belgrade, and begins to write about it in his column resulting in a murder, a love affair, and the destruction of a friendship. The translator describes LEECHES as "a thriller and a murder mystery, though there is nothing boiler-plate about it."


Baker & Taylor
In 1990s Serbia, a Belgrade journalist discovers a mysterious manuscript and enlists the help of an eccentric mathematician and a group of Jewish men to translate its contents; but the translation leads the journalist to see signs of anti-Semitism, which he rails against in his newspaper columns, until a shocking murder stuns everyone. 15,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

In 1990s Serbia, a journalist discovers a mysterious manuscript and enlists the help of an eccentric mathematician to translate its contents; but the translation leads the journalist to see signs of anti-Semitism, which he rails against in his newspaper columns.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780151015023
Branch Call Number: ALB
Characteristics: 309 p
Additional Contributors: Elias-Bursańá, Ellen

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