Christopher Priest

Reviews of FUGUE FOR A DARKENING ISLAND (1972)

[Survivors of a terrible African war flee their blighted continent, and seek refuge in the countries of the West.]

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Library Journal:

A powerful and always tragic novel.

Time Out -- London:

Fugue For a Darkening Island -- if enough people read it -- could cause more soul-searching and disquiet than any bulk of news material. A book like this hits hard. It is highly recommended.

Contemporary Review:

It must be read and re-read for its message and warning of the always possible shape of things to come.

Sunday Express:

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.

Martin Amis in The Observer:

A bleary view of fascist, etc., England in the none-too-distant, etc., future. The blurb-writer, for one, fears that it all might really happen: if so, we're in for a very trying couple of decades.

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