A new psychological thriller leading the reader into the dark depths of contemporary Russia, Sergey Kuznetsov’s ‘Butterfly Skin’ explores the sometimes pathological fallout resulting from our instant connectivity in the emerging world of e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of electronic intimacy. The novel has enjoyed a cult following in Russia in part through its riveting plot and singular characters.
Moscow is plagued with a series of gruesome murders. Ksenia, an ambitious young editor in the news department of a small but influential online journal decides to track down the serial killer, devising an elaborate website to entrap him and thereby boost her company’s profile. She soon realises, however, that her obsession with the psychopath reflects something more deeply disturbing: her own unconscious mixture of horror and fascination with the sexual savagery of the murders.
Sergey Kuznetsov was born in Moscow in 1966. In the 1990s he achieved a high profile as one of the pioneers of the internet in Russia, and has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Playboy, Vogue and L’Officiel. His groundbreaking thriller ‘Butterfly Skin’ has been translated into six languages, and in 2001 he became the first Russian journalist to receive a Knight Fellow scholarship from Stanford University. Besides being an entrepreneur and writer, he is editor-in-chief of Booknik, an internet publication on Jewish literature and culture. He lives in Paris.
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm
Publication date: 26 September 2014