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John Burnside's novella is an examination of the idea of utopia set in the near future on the remote island of Havergey, exploring how the landscape and humans which inhabit it have survived The Collapse, a catastrophic event for humans, which might offer hope for the wider world.
On the small and remote island of Havergey, a few years from now, a community of survivors from a great human catastrophe has created new lives and a new world in a landscape renewed after millennia of human exploitation. To this strange new land comes a traveller from our own time, bewildered by what he finds, and an object of curiosity for the inhabitants, especially the one assigned to watch over him, as he spends his first weeks on the island in Quarantine. Left alone with a history of the community and its roots, he uncovers truths and new mysteries about the people he has encountered, their forebears and the last throes of the old world.In this new novella, the acclaimed poet, novelist and critic brings his unique sensibility to the idea of utopia. A timely reminder about how precious and precarious our world is, it's also a rejection of the idea of human supremacy over landscape and wildlife. Havergey is the first Little Toller Monograph to be a work of fiction.
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Weight 0.300000
Author Burnside, John
Availability IP
Department Literature
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781908213464
Pages 160
Published 29/03/2017
Publisher Little Toller Books
Section Literature
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