The Journal of Nicholas the American
Nicholas Dal, a semi-drunken recluse, is a tele-empath who experiences the emotions of those around him. His family have fled from Russia to the USA to escape the deadly curse but to no avail. Now a psychiatrist is onto him and his feelings for a fellow student threaten to destroy his sanity.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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An excellent read with a lot of subtlety and complexity. Koyla and his dad have a special ability that separates them from us. They are tele-empathic. Naturally, ordinary life is excruciating for them without the constant dulling of a good stiff drink to help them cope with feeling the feelings of others. Life gets even more complicated for Koyla now because he has fallen in love and someone is stalking him. The rest is a series of surprises you will have to find out for yourself. One of the bes...more
This underappreciated treatment of the good, bad, and ugly--mainly the latter two--of being telepathic is as good as another classic of the era, Robert Silverberg's Dying Inside. Nicholas is the son of an immigrant family, and bears the family curse of telempathy, the ability to read the emotions of others. This doesn't work out well for Nicholas, and his humanity is what makes this a book well worth your time. It is currently available on the Kindle.
Not really my cup of tea, because I'm not a huge lover of sex in fiction. However, getting past that and the profanity, it's a good, interesting story about a guy (Nicholas) who is an empath, and absorbs the moods and feelings of those he comes in contact with.