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The Guard by Peter Terrin

Harry and Michel live in the basement of a luxury apartment block, guarding the inhabitants. No-one goes outside. The world might be at war - it might even have been plunged into nuclear winter. No-one knows. All Harry and Michel know is that if they are vigilant, 'the Organization' will reward them: promotion to an elite cadre of security officers remains their shining goal. But what if there were no-one left to guard? And if the promised relief shift arrives, how will they fit in to Michel and Harry's studied routine of boredom and paranoia?

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'webs of Pinteresque paranoia ... Effectively horrid'
Sunday Telegraph

. * Sunday Telegraph * 'This masterly surrealist study of contemporary society, by a Flemish original, is worthy of the great JG Ballard
Irish Times

. * Irish Times * 'There's a cold and beautiful precision to Peter Terrin's writing, and a remorselessness and finally terrifying accretion of detail that begins by seeming fussy and ends by being unsettling
SFX

. * SFX * 'The Guard is so good, its world so minutely described and Michel so undeniably compelling that to suggest anything other than to pick this up and read it immediately would be to do it a disservice
SciFi Now

. * SciFi Now * 'Terrin wastes no time sucking the audience into the narrative ... you simply won't want to put the book down until you find out exactly what's going on
Starburst Magazine

. * Starburst Magazine * 'a tremendous novel, often horrifically funny and always unsettling
Irish Times

. * Irish Times * 'a rich and gripping mix of all the ingredients that make for a truly haunting atmosphere
Writers

Hub
. * Writers

Hub
* 'A mix of psychological thriller and SF fable, this strange, wonderfully claustrophobic novel

Guardian
. * Guardian *

About the Author

Peter Terrin represents a unique voice in contemporary literature, touching on universal and highly topical themes. He is considered by critics to be a literary maverick, a classic writer and a masterful stylist. He is also an avid collector of vintage typewriters. He won a European Literature Prize for The Guard, and the AKO Literatuurprijs for Post Mortem.

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Publication date

20th December 2008

Author

Peter Terrin

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Publisher

MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation

ISBN

9780857050878

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