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Mediterranean Gothic: The Sleepwalkers, by Scarlett Thomas, reviewed

Thomas tells her tale of a hellish honeymoon on a Greek island with the cunning of an Aegean sorceress, keeping her readers pleasurably unsettled and alert

13 April 2024

9:00 AM

13 April 2024

9:00 AM

The Sleepwalkers Scarlett Thomas

Scribner, pp.292, 16.99

Scarlett Thomas likes islands: either literal sea-girt territories or closed enclaves where this wickedly inventive novelist practises her richly enjoyable experiments in plot and form. If her recent Oligarchy found its sour-sweet spot in a grisly girls’ boarding school, The Sleepwalkers creates another insular possession: the Greek island of ‘Kathos’, which almost resembles Samos.

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