After Dachau

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Daniel Quinn, well known for Ishmael — a life-changing book for readers the world over — takes on another world myth in this suspenseful novel. He once again turns the tables and creates a future world that is so much like our own, yet terrifying beyond words. Compared by readers and critics alike to 1984 and Brave New World, After Dachau is a new dystopian classic.
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Overview

Daniel Quinn, well known for Ishmael — a life-changing book for readers the world over — takes on another world myth in this suspenseful novel. He once again turns the tables and creates a future world that is so much like our own, yet terrifying beyond words. Compared by readers and critics alike to 1984 and Brave New World, After Dachau is a new dystopian classic.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the author of the bestselling novel Ishmael, 1992 winner of the highly controversial $500,000 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, comes this absorbing cautionary tale imagining a homogenous future society. In 1992 A.D., when the narrator, Jason Tull Jr., the dilettante scion of a famous, incredibly wealthy family, graduates from college, he decides to work for We Live Again, an underfunded foundation dedicated to tracking down and authenticating reported instances of reincarnation. After 10 years and hundreds of dead-end investigations, Jason encounters the case of Mallory Hastings, a 28-year-old librarian from Oneonta, N.Y., who, following a minor car wreck, regains consciousness as a deaf mute. Hoping he has finally stumbled onto the elusive "Golden Case," Jason gains Mallory's confidence. He is ill-prepared, however, to cope with the enormity of his discovery: the person now occupying Mallory's body is Gloria MacArthur, a Manhattan artist born in 1922 A.D. But this is only a hint of a dark, complex conundrum, for the "new" Mallory has scarcely learned to talk when she realizes that Jason's A.D. is not the Christian anno Domini. Quinn's provocative, Orwellian tale imagines that Adolf Hitler beat the Allies to the A-bomb in 1944 and set in place a chilling plan to achieve a world of Aryan perfection. In Mallory/Gloria's brave new world, 2002 years have passed "after Dachau," the chilling A.D. of the title. (Feb.) Forecast: Since the publication of Ishmael and its two companion volumes, My Ishmael and The Story of B, Quinn has gained a cult following. The added intrigue of a revisionist, Nazi-dominated history will likely rally fans, and Context's vigorous promotional plans, including a 20-city reading tour in March to support a 30,000-copy first printing, may extend Quinn's reach. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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This disappointing, poorly conceived new fantasy novel mixes reincarnation, sf, Abstract Expressionism, and the Holocaust. The plot will be familiar to readers who know Quinn's most popular novel, Ishmael, the story of a telepathic gorilla and the dark secrets he reveals about man's conquest of nature. In After Dachau, the year is 4000 C.E., and a dark secret about human history is once again revealed, this time related to genocide. The Aryans have systematically exterminated every other race, and they have somehow been able to conceal the truth about this horror from the masses. Although Quinn's work in Ishmael and elsewhere suggests that he has had interesting and important things to say, this is not his best work. The plotting and characterization are very weak, and Quinn's observations about racism and bigotry, which might have redeemed the novel's other weaknesses, are, unfortunately, superficial and uninspiring. Not recommended. Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"Damning and damnably elegant." — Entertainment Weekly

"Provocative, Orwellian .... [an]absorbing cautionary tale." — Publishers Weekly

"Hairpin plot twists that spin wildly from mass genocide to the rediscovery of abstract expressionism.... After Dachau is a rare moral thriller in the tradition of Fahrenheit 451." — Village Voice Literary Supplement

"A ghostly and subtle thriller/fantasia/parable about (more or less) how we conceive of history, identity, time. Think Brave New World." Esquire Magazine

"Quinn's powerful writing style consistently impresses, as does his talent for creating suspense." Rocky Mountain News

"Entertaining... A taut, gripping, sinister, and often fun book." Hartford Courant

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893956230
  • Publisher: Context Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1902
  • Language: Efik
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Daniel Quinn takes on Harry Turtledove

    Alternate history books are hard to construct in ways that allow both realistic characters and inventive plot lines. The problem is that normally everyone knows what the real history is. Or do you? This Quinn book was a predictable offshoot of a sub-plotline in Ishmael dealing with whether we would know that history was fictional if there was no one left alive who knew what the real history was. I think it's a good direction for him to be going. Beyond Civilization was very preachy and he does better with novels. My main criticism is one I have of all Quinn books - that they are under developed. His books should be twice as long and devote more genuine attention to character development. Instead he rushes through the necessary literary constructions in order to present his philosophical views expeditiously.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    Highly Recommended

    This book is outstanding, in that it helps you realize that possibly everything you have learned is based more on faith than on fact. After all, its the winners who write history. It brings to focus how sad our educational system is and how willing we are to abide by it. Read this book if you not only love a good, incredibly surprising story, but also enjoy melting the conventions around you. Those who won't enjoy this book are those who are secure and pleased with all the intentions of those around them, and don't care to know any other way.

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