Overview - In the Austrian state of Styria lies the Helianau Institute, a boarding school for children born with a mysterious condition known as Indigo syndrome. Anyone who comes near them immediately suffers from nausea and vertigo. Clemens Setz a fictionalized doppelganger of the author is a young math teacher who loses his job at the school after attempting to investigate the mysterious relocations of several children. Read more...
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In the Austrian state of Styria lies the Helianau Institute, a boarding school for children born with a mysterious condition known as Indigo syndrome. Anyone who comes near them immediately suffers from nausea and vertigo. Clemens Setz a fictionalized doppelganger of the author is a young math teacher who loses his job at the school after attempting to investigate the mysterious relocations of several children. Fourteen years later, Robert, a former student, discovers a newspaper article about Setz s acquittal for the murder of an animal abuser. Could there be a connection between this story, which continues to haunt Robert, and the puzzling events of the past? DeLillo-esque in its exploration of alienation and anxiety, Indigo weaves together bizarre historical anecdotes, such as Edison s electrocution of an elephant, with pop cultural marginalia and pseudoscience to create a literary work that makes its own laws . . . rich in dialogue and variety, amusing and anecdotal, but also brutal and unfathomable (Der Spiegel)."
- ISBN-13: 9780871402684
- ISBN-10: 0871402688
- Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: November 2014
- Page Count: 386
- Dimensions: 9.52 x 6.59 x 1.28 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
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Austrian writer Setz’s first novel to be translated into English is a complex, sometimes convoluted tale that incorporates elements of mystery, science fiction, and sociological commentary. His alter ego, math teacher Clemens Setz, interns at a school in Graz for children diagnosed with Indigo, a disorder that causes dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, and other symptoms in nearby people. Clemens soon notices that some children are “relocated” from the school, and he claims investigating their whereabouts leads to his firing—but suggestions of alcoholism and mental illness undermine his reliability. Fourteen years later, former student Robert Tätzel, whose Indigo has disappeared with adulthood, but who remains emotionally detached, becomes intrigued by a newspaper story about Clemens, recently acquitted of skinning a man who abused dogs. Setz creates a collage of history and anecdotes about medicine, animal experimentation, 20th-century exploration, and more, laced with pop culture references and supplemented with excerpts from classic works and black-and-white illustrations. This densely packed novel should satisfy readers who enjoy connecting the dots for themselves and following a winding path through a near future fraught with vague but urgent anxiety. (Nov.)