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Alexandria

Alexandria

ISBN
9780571322107
Published
18/02/2021
9780571322107
Format
Hardback
Price
£16.99
Paperback
416

About the Book

‘Like Robert Macfarlane re-written by Cormac McCarthy.’ Telegraph

‘Beckett doing Beowulf.’ London Review of Books


A small religious community is living in what were once the fens of eastern England. They are perhaps the world's last human survivors. Now, they find themselves stalked by a force that draws ever closer, a force intent on destroying everything they stand for.

Set on the far side of the ecological apocalypse, Paul Kingsnorth's new novel is a mythical, polyphonic drama driven by elemental themes: of community versus the self, the mind versus the body, machine versus man – of whether to put your faith in the present or the future.

Alexandria completes the Buckmaster Trilogy, which began with Kingsnorth's prize-winning The Wake.

‘Like Robert Macfarlane re-written by Cormac McCarthy.’ Telegraph‘Beckett doing Beowulf.’ London Review of Books A small religious community is living in what were once the fens of eastern England. They are perhaps the world's last human survivors. Now, they find themselves stalked by a force that draws ever closer, a force intent on destroying everything they stand for.Set on the far side of the ecological apocalypse, Paul Kingsnorth's new novel is a mythical, polyphonic drama driven by elemental themes: of community versus the self, the mind versus the body, machine versus man – of whether to put your faith in the present or the future.Alexandria completes the Buckmaster Trilogy, which began with Kingsnorth's prize-winning The Wake.
  • Paul Kingsnorth

    Paul Kingsnorth’s debut novel, The Wake, won the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize and the Bookseller Book of the Year Award, as well as being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Folio Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. Beast, the second book in his Buckmaster Trilogy, was shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2017. He is also the author of the non-fiction books One No, Many YesesReal EnglandConfessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Savage Gods, as well as two poetry collections, Kidland and Songs from the Blue River. Kingsnorth is the co-founder of The Dark Mountain Project.

    Photo credit: Claire McNamee

“Unconventional orthography and mythic style add texture to a story that examines whether the body is essential or merely the mind's cage and whether humans are inherently destructive.”
- The New Yorker
“Imaginative, moody, brilliantly written—vintage Kingsnorth, that is, and a boon for readers of speculative fiction.”
- Kirkus

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