Resting fitfully on the night train to Vienna, Helen Martin discovers that she is, quite literally, losing her senses. Sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste -- all are disappearing, and her own body parts are taking on unfamiliar characteristics. With The Sensualist, the author of The Tattooed Map has created a that weaves together the unseemly history of anatomical art with a gruesome modern-day murder. An illustrated literary sortie into the realm of the body, The Sensualist is a potent exploration of the limitations of looking and the boundless power of seeing. Helen's search for answers, for clues, and for her wayward husband takes her through the capitals of Europe and from the 16th century to World War II to last winter. But her real journey lies within, as each of her five senses comes alive with catastrophic acuity. A deftly woven conundrum of art forgery, revenge, and connoisseurship, The Sensualist is also the chronicle of a ruinous love affair and the history of a lost body.