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Last Hiccup

A Novel

Christopher Meades

240 pages
Ecw Press

“A strange and surprisingly touching novel about how people find good and evil where they look for them.” — Booklist

“A beautifully written novel, part folk tale, part parable.” — Will Ferguson, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning 419

Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction

In 1930s Russia, an eight-year-old boy named Vladimir is suddenly stricken with a chronic case of the hiccups. He soon finds himself spirited away to a Moscow hospital by the famous physician Sergei Namestikov, who puts him through a series of extraordinary — and often bizarre — treatments in an effort to find a cure.

Then Sergei’s chief medical rival, the brilliant Alexander Afiniganov, determines that beneath Vladimir’s blank eyes lurks a pure, unbridled evil — and takes steps to remove the child from polite society. Abandoned by everyone but his hiccups, Vladimir is about to embark on a journey that is funny, poignant, and surreal — and that takes a close look at the nature of good and evil.

Author Bio
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.