Christopher Priest

Fugue For a Darkening Island


Earthlight, 1999. ISBN 0 671 03390 5 [paperback 6.99; pp.251]. First published in hardcover by Faber. This edition is a joint publication with Inverted World (as 'Omnibus 2'). Also available in translation.

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"A chilling and convincing new novel with a remarkably topical title. Mr Priest's novel is short and stark but his character study is solid and completely credible. A provocative and disturbing allegory that has echoes for us all." - Graham Lord, Sunday Express.

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One of Chris Priest's earliest novels (first published in 1972). In its day Fugue was thought of as a modern version of the familiar 'British catastrophe' science fiction novel, but subsequent world events have given the story a sinister topicality. Tragic refugees escaping political and military upheaval at home are now all too frequently seeking asylum elsewhere. In Fugue, survivors of a terrible African war flee their blighted continent, and look for refuge in the countries of the West.