Death's Enemy: The Pilgrimage of Victor Frankenstein
- By: Anja Weidmann
Since its first publication in 1818, Frankenstein has been the inspiration for countless retellings both in books and films. Death's Enemy is the latest addition to this famous family. The novel follows Victor Frankenstein from precocious childhood, through medical school, and beyond. Having drunk and whored his way through university, Frankenstein gets a brutal introduction to the life of a 19th century surgeon in the army as part of Napoleon's ill fated drive into Russia. Sickened by the carnage of battle, Frankenstein drifts aimlessly across Europe before becoming an anatomy student in Glasgow. His research begins in earnest, but local unrest and social difficulties disrupt his work and he returns to Bavaria to set up his own clinic.
Throughout the book Frankenstein's interest in the medicinal applications of electricity grow and in the closing chapters of the book he finally fulfils his ultimate ambition—using electricity to bestow life.