David Brennan's debut novel is a dark reimagining of 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'.
Things in the town of Upperdown are not as they seem. The Professor struggles with his devotion to proving the Riemann Hypothesis and he walks the streets seeking a solution whilst battling his own deeper preoccupations.
The appearance of a stranger in town, the Piano Man, leads to the resolution of the rat infestation but when the town's children start to go missing it is clear something darker has been set in motion.
‘Unforgettable. Brennan’s strikingly original voice blends myth and magic with wry observation as he evokes the liminal world of Upperdown. A dazzlingly good novel. Visceral and daring, it hums with its own dark, unsettling magic. A mesmerising read. David Brennan’s fierce and lyrical writing seduces the reader with the peculiar beauty of numbers, while staring unflinchingly into the dark corners of the human heart. Whether writing about quantum physics or the jealousies of the human heart, Brennan’s prose is fierce, haunting and compelling.’
(recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2019)
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