Magazine article World Literature Today

The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome

Magazine article World Literature Today

The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome

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Serge Brussolo. The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome. Trans. Edward Gauvin. Brooklyn. Melville House. 2016. 196 pages.

Serge Brussolo is largely unknown in the English-speaking world; The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome is the first of his books to be translated into English. Upon finishing this masterful, beautifully written sci-fithriller, it became apparent that this neglect is almost a crime.

The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome is the best book I've read this year. It is an engagingly written, relentlessly imaginative work of genius, something that will make you believe in the power of books again. Kudos to Brussolo and to Edward Gauvin, who translated this brilliant prose into something so visceral. I haven't turned pages like this in quite some time.

The plot follows a man named David, a "deep-dreamer" who conducts heists in a state of deep trance. The jewelry or paintings he's stealing in the dream world manifest themselves in the real world as floating balls of ectoplasm capable of soothing entire war-torn nations. …

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