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Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction 2015.

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

Following four wonderful literary crime novels (to be issued in the UK later), Canadian author Mandel breaks through with a beautifully modulated post-apocalypse tale, where a virus has decimated the world and a troupe of musicians and Shakespearean actors tour the Great Lakes area and hold up the flame of culture and civilisation. Through the prism of a variety of interlinked characters before and after the fall of society, Mandel offers a melancholy and poetic lullaby for the power of art and the succour of relationships. Full of striking images and strands: the rise and fall of a Falstaffian actor, the coming of age of a young girl in a brand new world, an airport that becomes a museum for humanity, the stark realities of a land now at war with itself and full of feral survivors, a comic strip whose provenance is prophetic, Mandel weaves a clever and moving web that will stay with you for a very long time.

 

Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Award judges, Andrew M Butler, said: “While many post-apocalypse novels focus on the survival of humanity, Station Eleven focuses instead on the survival of our culture, with the novel becoming an elegy for the hyper-globalised present.”

 

Maxim Jakubowski October 2014 Highly Recommended.

 

Sarah Broadhurst's view..

Not another plague apocalyptic book you cry!  Oh yes, only this one is a bit special.  It describes the ‘end of civilisation as we know it’ and the accompanying death of most of the world’s population in a highly effective, gentle way.  Short snippets tell of gigantic events.  We get lives before and after the ‘Georgia flu’ concentrating on an actor, a comic graphic artist and a group of travelling performers.  The comic, starring one Dr Eleven, links both sections in a poignant manner.  This is a very impressive work, a thrilling tale, a must read.

Maxim Jakubowski

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