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Quarantine

by Jim Crace, Stuart Evers

Part of the Picador Classic Series

Literary Fiction

Quarantine Synopsis

With an introduction by Stuart Evers

So this is happiness, she thought. Or this, at least, is what adds up to happiness. The prospect of never running after men and camels any more, of being Miri without shame or hesitation, of letting drop her headscarf for a change so that nothing intervened between her and the sky.

Five travellers venture into the Judean wilderness in search of redemption. Instead, amidst the barren rocks, they are met by a dangerous man, Musa, and fall under his dark influence. As the unforgiving days and bitter nights erode their resolve, it becomes clear that one among them will go further than the rest: a fervent, solitary figure, he denies the temptations of his neighbours, and, ultimately, the needs of his own body.

Quarantine, Jim Crace's provocative retelling of Jesus' forty day fast in the desert, won the Whitbread novel of the year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Moving and fascinating in equal measure, this is a classic that tampers with tradition, a stunningly realised novel from one of the great writers of our time.

Quarantine Press Reviews

'Completely captivating' Literary Review

'Absolutely compelling' Observer

'One of the finest novels I've read in years' The Times

'Stunning. A writer of hallucinatory skill' John Updike

'Dazzling, gritty brilliance. This is a novel of scorching distinction' Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9781447275145
Publication date: 18/06/2015
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447275145
Publication date: 18th June 2015
Author: Jim Crace, Stuart Evers
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Collections: 60+ Novels to Bring You Back to Nature,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Jim Crace, Stuart Evers

Jim Crace is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award) and, most recently, Harvest (shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize). He lives near Birmingham.

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