"the most credible – and therefore the most disturbing – dystopian novel I [have] ever read"- SUNDAY TIMES
by Marcus Low
Pub Date 15 Apr 2019
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LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN'S NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
'The most credible dystopian novel I have ever read' Sunday Times
Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived.
And then there’s an opportunity to escape.
‘A searing vision of an all-too-possible world... a profound and wholly original voice.’ Henrietta Rose-Innes
‘A forceful and engaging tale that brilliantly blends the real and imagined world and is full of sparkling inventions. This page-turner is bound to be the talk of book circles.’ Niq Mhlongo
'Thought-provoking, alluring and sensitively written... a new thrilling talent' Cape Times
Shortlisted for the 9Mobile Prize for Literature