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Jacobson, Howard,

J / Howard Jacobson. - London : Jonathan Cape, 2014. - vii, 326 pages ; 24 cm.

'What country isn't a charnel house of its own history?' Two people fall in love in a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited. As they discover where they came from and where they are going, a bigger, more shattering truth is revealed to them. Kevern doesn't know why his father made him put two finger across his lips whenever he began a word with a J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place for asking questions. Ailinn, too, has grown up in the dark about who she was and where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren't sure whether they have fallen in love of their own accord or whether they've been pushed into each other's arms. But who would have pushed them, and why? Hanging over all the lives of everyone in this novel is a momentous catastrophe - a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What happened, if it happened.

Man Booker Prize, Shortlisted 2014.

9780224101974 (hardback) 9780224102056 (paperback)

GBB471222 bnb

016783660 Uk


Science fiction.
Dystopias.
Man-woman relationships--Fiction.
Secrecy--Fiction.
Future life--Fiction.
English fiction--21st century.


Dystopias
Dystopias.
Fantasy fiction.
Science fiction--Print --Adult fiction
Dystopias.

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