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The Wall

by John Lanchester

The Wall Synopsis

Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall-an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and are a constant threat. Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse: being put to sea and made an Other himself. Beset by cold, loneliness, and fear, Kavanagh tries to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant, even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders. A dark part of him wonders whether it would be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if he had to fight for his life... John Lanchester-acclaimed as an elegant and wonderfully witty writer (New York Times) and a writer of rare intelligence (Los Angeles Times)-has written a taut, hypnotic novel of a broken world and what might be found when all is lost. The Wall blends the most compelling issues of our time-rising waters, rising fear, rising political division-into a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival.

The Wall Press Reviews

The Wall is something new: almost an allegory, almost a dystopian-future warning, partly an elegant study of the nature of storytelling itself. I was hugely impressed by it. -- Philip Pullman In The Wall, John Lanchester takes our current political climate to its terrible and logical extreme. A harrowing, brilliant, and troublingly plausible vision of the future. -- Emily St. John Mandel An utterly persuasive story set in a dystopic future. Unputdownable. It's 1984 for our times. -- Michael Lewis Chillingly real. -- Boris Kachka - New York magazine A chilling reminder of the ease with which myopia can turn to dystopia. -- Michael Magras - Houston Chronicle Bold and confident fiction that highlights the current American and British issues of Trumpism and Brexit. -- Los Angeles Times [A] taut tale...It's not clear what it will take to finally convince us that it's time to panic about climate change, but works of fiction such as The Wall have an important role to play. -- Stephen Dyson - Washington Post As in all good dystopian fiction, Lanchester shows us a world that could become a reality...[He] maintains measured, elegant prose-creating an assuredly human dystopian novel. -- Lucas Wittmann - TIME Thrilling...A topical and deftly satirical novel. -- Anna Mundow - Wall Street Journal Gripping...Full of tense action and sudden reversals...Few readers will stop until they reach its final page. -- Alec Nevala-Lee - New York Times Book Review Lanchester's novel...elegantly and chillingly imagines how current political attitudes might play out as the repercussions of climate change grow more severe. -- New York Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781324001638
Publication date: 5th February 2019
Author: John Lanchester
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Political / legal thriller, Science fiction,

About John Lanchester

John Lanchester is the best-selling author of The Debt to Pleasure, Capital, and other works of fiction and nonfiction. A regular contributor to the London Review of Books and The New Yorker, he lives in London.

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