The Coma

Alex Garland
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ISBN 9780571223107 Format Paperback
Published 07/07/2005 Length 224 pages

About Book

From the internationally-known author of The Beach, a gripping mystery and stylistic tour de force that delves into the subconscious mind, with brilliantly disturbing results.

A young man is brutally assaulted late at night in an Underground train by a gang of thugs. Beaten unconscious, he lies for days in a hospital bed - but appears to make a full recovery. On discharge from hospital, Carl picks up the threads of his daily life, visiting friends, seeing his girlfriend - until he starts to notice strange leaps in his perception of time, distortions in his experience. Is he truly reacting with the outside world, or might he be terribly mistaken? So begins a dark psychological drama that raises profound questions about the boundary between the real and the imagined.

This mysterious and unsettling tale is illustrated by forty woodcuts created by the author's father, the political cartoonist Nicholas Garland.

  • About Alex Garland

    Alex Garland is the author of the bestselling novels The Beach ,The Tesseract, and The Coma, which was created with images by his father Nicholas Garland. He is the co-author of the videogame, Enslaved.

    He has written the screenplays for 28 Days Later, Sunshine and adapted Kuzuo Ishiguro's Never Let MeGo for the screen.

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