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The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffett

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A Silent History that is in itself an interesting history, a high-tech story with an old-fashioned feel. Told in short chapters from numerous points of view, it has apparently had input from the public as the author’s offered an app which gave subscribers the story in instalments. Readers could contribute if they went to the locations described (all in America) and so we have an experimental writing exercise which has produced a 500-odd page product spanning 33 years which could have been written by one author, not a committee. It’s a readable, intriguing, fairly normal piece of dystopian fiction about a group of silent people, a possible cure, a possible virus outbreak of epic scale and the prospect of a world stripped of language. Interesting. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffett

A generation of children are born without speech, without comprehension, without language entirely. At first, they are just medical curiosities. But their numbers swell, and soon they grow into an established underclass, occupying squats and communes around the world. To some they are seen as a threat; to others, as a salvation. Some suspect they may have other abilities beyond our understanding. The children cannot tell you their story. Instead we rely on The Silent History, a collection of testimonies from those touched by the phenomenon. Parents, doctors, opportunist inventors, cult leaders, and vigilantes, recall what they have endured and what they have inflicted on others. They will take you from a recognisable present to a real and unsettling future. You will not want to look away.

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'An imaginative investigation into the besetting issues of our information-saturated society... Manages to feel relentlessly thoughtful and new.' -- Tim Martin The Times

'A completely new kind of novel.' Bookseller

'For all technology can add to storytelling, it's better as a proper book... Very funny... Makes some keen observations about the trouble people have understanding one another.' Stuff

'The high-concept premise is brilliantly simple. i A compelling story about difference, rights and power.' -- Richard House Guardian

About the Author

Eli Horowitz was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney's for eight years, working closely with authors including Nick Hornby, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, William Vollmann, and Stephen King. Matthew Derby's writing has appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Fence, The Believer, The Anchor Book of New American Stories, and The Apocalypse Reader. Kevin Moffett's stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Tin House, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere, as well as in three editions of The Best American Short Stories. He is the winner of the Nelson Algren Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the 2010 National Magazine Award.

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Publication date

3rd September 2015


Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffett

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


528 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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