Very disturbing horror novel. About the worst side of a human being. This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you read it.
From back cover:
Th Nihilesthete takes the reader on a journey into the mind of Haberman, a harlem caseworker, as he works his way into the life of a limbless, mentally defient man. Diagnosed as a "Cri Du Chat"(able to communicate only by sounds similar to a cat's meows), Brodski, the handicapped man, proves to be complex and much more than he first appears. The relationship between Brodski and Haberman intensifies as Brodski convinces his caseworker that he is in fact an esthete, an artist.
Haberman's coldly syfunctional concern for the handicapped man soon begins to border on obsession. The caseworker's ordered life, and his tenuous hold on his sanity, begin to slowly crumble around him as his "games", designed to probe the depths of his client, slowly evolve inot measure punishments for the Cri Du Chat. The touruous games, however, work against Haberman, brining about a tragic but enlightening end.