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A Journal of the Flood Year by David Ely

A Journal of the Flood Year


A Journal of the Flood Year by David Ely

In a near-future, half-flooded world governed by technobureaucracy and ultraconformity, where human contact is abhorrent and passion unheard of, William Fowke already has a reputation as a trouble-maker. And now he insists that the Wall - the engineering marvel that keeps what remains of America's East Coast from being inundated by the Atlantic Ocean - is leaking. Convicted of sedition and 'excluded', Fowke begins a horrific, thrilling odyssey through a nether world of gulags. With the exception of agent Julia Keller, who arrested him, everyone is hostile, including his former bosses and fellow prisoners, leaving Fowke excluded even by the excluded. And desperate to get back to his threatened Wall to sound the alarm.


'Ely is an astonishing talent'
Anthony Burgess

'Ely balances the impersonality of his many robot-like or emotionally stunted characters with dramatic scenes and black comedy. A parable of chilling power and piercing beauty.'

's Weekly 'An inventive cautionary tale in which the vivid technological features are unsettling in their plausibility.'
Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

DAVID ELY is the author of several novels, including Seconds (which was made into a movie starring Rock Hudson), and two acclaimed short story collections. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Playboy and Kenyon Review.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th April 2009


David Ely

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Portobello Books Ltd an imprint of Granta Books


224 pages


Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)



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