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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this stolid Swedish addition to a growing body of anti-utopian fiction, the nuclear holocaust has come and gone and in its wake arrives a devastating flood, with appalling consequences for the survivors huddled on a wretched Baltic island. The year is 2023, 30 years after. The afflicted survivors have fashioned a repellent mode of life based on the segregation of the sexesthe men imprisoned, the women in an underground conventso that their numbers will not be augmented by genetic monsters. Centering on a homosexual cabin-boy abandoned by his shipmates, the narrative presents a day-by-day account of a primitive world befouled by suicide, murder, rape, perversion, the virtually total absence of feeling and sensibility. The overriding moral question posed is the value of life in such circumstances, and the author concludes that there is no possible human meaning worth the name. There are moments touched by some dim memory of what life was once like; but the residual image delivers the terrible verdict: the survivors will soon be gone and rats will inherit the earth. Foreign rights: Morrow. January 15
Library Journal
In vivid and plausible biological and medical detail, Jersild gives literary form to the fear of world destruction through nuclear war. After the Flood describes the lingering survival of a few dozen people left on an island in the Baltic 30 years after the atomic catastrophe. Cruelty, perversion, and greed prevail in a world where everything is ugly, everybody sick and deformed, and where civilization is only a memory. The author's artistic and moral intensity makes this book a page-turner; one hopes against hope that in the end it will be possible for the protagonist to have a life of humanity and dignity. Jersild, a military doctor and specialist in nuclear disaster treatment, is one of Sweden's most popular and provocative authors. This expertly translated novel takes its place beside On the Beach and Lord of the Flies , and is highly recommended. Ulla Sweedler, Univ. of California Lib., San Diego
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688049027
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1986
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Pages: 256

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