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A young American flees to Wiesbaden, Germany where he develops an obsession with the spa water, leading to a surreal journey into the occult.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published May 8th 2006 by Balneum Books (first published 2006)
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Lena
Jan 28, 2008 Lena rated it really liked it
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This is an intriguing novel about one man's slow seduction into the occult. Robert Holsen fled academic problems in America for a prolonged sabbatical in a German spa town. He quickly develops a taste for the curative spa waters, an act that draws the attention of one of the town's more mysterious characters. As Robert attempts to learn more about both his strange new acquaintance and the true properties of the water, he is drawn down a cryptic path he feels compelled to follow despite his own b ...more
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Sep 28, 2007 GUD Magazine rated it it was amazing
Marais' "The Cure" is an elegantly erudite novel with compelling prose. It recounts a man's mental journey, far from home; Robert has distanced himself from California and unusual academic troubles. Seeking the cure to his life so far, he has moved to Kochbrunnen, Wiesbaden, Germany, long known for its curative waters--which at first he just dabbles with. Slowly, though, the waters become the driving force of his existence.

Marais begins the novel with Robert waking from a tortured and confused d
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Bethany Crawley
Oct 25, 2010 Bethany Crawley rated it it was amazing
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"The Cure," entertains the ageless question "why am I here, and what is my purpose?" A question many ask themselves, and very few are ever able to answer. The story is one of self discovery..of fleeing your everyday world for someplace new, in an attempt to put your own life into some sort of perspective.

The plot is simple: Robert, the main character, is disappointed in what his university filled life has to offer him, so he leaves. Cutting all ties with those people and things who no longer bri
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I'm an American living in Europe. I lived in Paris for two years where I studied language and art history, before going to Berkeley to study anthropology and later Simon Fraser University in Canada to study archaeology focusing on the prehistory of Polynesia. Since 1995, I’ve been living in Germany where I began to write essays and literary fiction. I’m the author of four books and a screenplay co ...more
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