The Guard [NOOK Book]

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Two men live in the basement of a large luxury apartment block, guarding its inhabitants. Harry and Michel work for "the organization," wear crisp blue uniforms and carry guns, taking turns to sleep only five hours a night and living on water, bread and corned beef. Harry is convinced that he and Michel are being tested by the organization. There was talk of a third guard being sent to assist them, but he has not arrived. They have no idea what is going in their city, in the outside world: there might be a war ...
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The Guard

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Two men live in the basement of a large luxury apartment block, guarding its inhabitants. Harry and Michel work for "the organization," wear crisp blue uniforms and carry guns, taking turns to sleep only five hours a night and living on water, bread and corned beef. Harry is convinced that he and Michel are being tested by the organization. There was talk of a third guard being sent to assist them, but he has not arrived. They have no idea what is going in their city, in the outside world: there might be a war on, there might have been a nuclear explosion.

One weekend, the inhabitants abandon their apartments. There is no news from the organization and no deliveries for several days. Just as Michel begins to think he will die of starvation, the third guard appears with a box filled with food. Harry and Michel's tight routine is disturbed, with horrific and fatal consequences.

Steeped in an atmosphere of tense paranoia, The Guard is a disturbing and brilliantly observed allegorical novel about war and peace--war with an incomprehensible enemy, peace which every man has to earn for himself.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Guard is a novel that leaves you astonished with its beauty and completeness."—NRC Handelsblad

â??There's a cold and beautiful precision to Peter Terrin's writing, and a remorselessness and finally terrifying accretion of detail that begins by seeming fussy and ends by being unsettling."—SFX

"Webs of Pinteresque paranoia... Effectively horrid."—David Langford, The Sunday Telegraph

"This is a tremendous novel, often horrifically funny and always unsettling. Most emphatically, though, it is a European novel, articulating the cultural situation of a Flanders-born writer looking to Dutch literature while retaining a powerful awareness of Belgium's surrealist traditions."—Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

"Terrin's wonderfully sinister, darkly funny novel owes more to this genre than to simple SF. Guards Harry and narrator Michel keep watch in a tower block basement as the 'New War' empties the city. Many twists ensue. Finely translated (from Dutch) by David Colmer, the deadpan, exact, discomfiting prose keeps an icy grip."—Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

"Terrin wastes no time sucking the audience into the narrative... you simply won't want to put the book down until you find out exactly what's going on."—Joe Royce, Starburst Magazine

"Terrin tells a strongly allegorical story of 21st-century society, which holds the reader under its spell... The Guard is not only an enthralling psychological novel, it is also a love story, one which encompasses oppressiveness, emotion and explicit sensuality."—from the European Union Literature Prize citation

"Terrin has enriched Flemish literature with a clever novel about modern, yet simultaneously universal, paranoia that ends in a perfect psychological pas de deux."—De Morgen

"A rich and gripping mix of all the ingredients that make for a truly haunting atmosphere."—Valeria Melchioretto, Writers' Hub

"A mix of psychological thriller and SF fable, this strange, wonderfully claustrophobic novel."—John O'Connell, The Guardian"The Guard is so good, its world so minutely described and Michel so undeniably compelling that to suggest anything other than to pick this up and read it immediately would be to do it a disservice."—SciFi Now

"The Guard is a sublime book... a brilliantly told story."—Karin Overmars, Het Parool

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623652883
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 1/6/2015
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Terrin, born in 1968, is a novelist and short-story writer whose Women and Children First was nominated for the BNG Literature Prize. Blanco (2003) and a collection of stories, The Bee-eaters (2006), were nominated for the AKO Prize. The Guard has been nominated for both the Libris Prize (Netherlands) and the Gouden Uil (Belgium), and was awarded a European Union Prize for Literature.

ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
David Colmer is the prize-winning translator of novels by Gerbrand Bakker, Arthur Japin and Dimitri Verhulst.
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