A NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
The widely acclaimed author of White Tears returns with a bold new novel about the search for order in a world that frames madness as truth.
The narrator of Red Pill arrives in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee after receiving a prestigious writing fellowship in Germany and struggles to accomplish anything. Instead of working on the book he'd like to write, he goes for long walks and binge-watches Blue Lives, a violent cop show with a strangely compelling bleak, Darwinian outlook on life. He soon begins to doubt whether his writing is of any use.
Wannsee is haunted: the narrator can see the villa where the Nazis planned the Final Solution across the lake, and on his walks he passes the grave of Romantic writer Heinrich von Kleist, who committed suicide after concluding that "no happiness was possible here on earth." At a party, he meets the charismatic Anton, creator of Blue Lives, and the narrator begins to believe that the two of them are connected. Anton believes he is "red-pilling" his audience, directing them toward an ugly, alt-right worldview, as he begins to wonder if he is losing his mind.... Read More