Help, I've been trying to identify this book for ages and Google is not telling. My memory is very hazy but I remember reading this story in the early 00s.
From what I remember, it's about a man who travels to new city in a fictionalised country that seemed to resemble somewhere in the Middle East or Asia. I don't recall much happening in the book, but just some weird details like some of the inhabitants of the city hanging the bones of their ancestors in their doorways for protection. At one point one of the male characters in the city makes a sexual advance on the male protagonist, who then rejects him, and this storyline didn't lead anywhere, which was super weird. Then the protagonist discovers these weird plastic things that later turn out to be some kind of alien species that I think only comes to life if hydrated.