The Last Hiccup - ECW Press

The Last Hiccup

Meades, Christopher

$12.95
  • A poignant and surreal fable about the nature of good and evil filled with a dazzling cast of characters … and millions of hiccups

    A darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heroic novel set in 1930s Russia, The Last Hiccup is the story of Vladimir, an eight–year–old boy stricken with a case of the hiccups — that lasts over a decade.

    Put through a series of extraordinary, often bizarre treatments by a famous physician, Sergei Namestikov, Vlad is spirited away from his rural home and doting mother to a hospital in Moscow. But Sergei’s chief medical rival, the brilliant Alexander Afiniganov, believes that beneath Vladimir’s mirror–less eyes lurks a pure, unbridled evil, and Vlad is removed from polite society.

    Isolated from everyone and everything — save his hiccups — Vladimir grows up to find inner peace among the hiccupping. On his way back into the world he once knew, through a country now in the midst of war, he encounters many strange people and situations, and worries about what would happen to him should a cure for his now–comforting affliction be found.

  • Vancouver-based CHRISTOPHER MEADES is the author of The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark (ECW Press). His story “The Walking Lady” won the 2009 Toyon Fiction Prize. Find him online at ChristopherMeades.com.
  • Published: April 2012

    ISBN: 9781550229738

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 240

Reviews

"Meades reveals himself a gifted writer, deft with descriptions splashing surrealistic images." — Kirkus Reviews

"Christopher Meades's writing feels like an artform in itself … if you enjoy dark-ish humour, Canadian literature or books that are just different, this is the book for you." — Just a Girl Geek

“Extremely clever, dark, surreal, and unexpectedly poignant. I certainly hope Chris continues to push himself into the unexpected, for I sense there are fathoms of fantastic weirdness in him just aching to be discovered." — Shelf Monkey