A Very Private Life

A Very Private Life

by Michael Frayn

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Uncumber lives in the distant future, in a world sharply divided between 'Insiders' and 'Outsiders'. The Insiders lead a privileged existence: never having to leave their homes, they enjoy a vastly prolonged lifespan, a regular supply of food and mind-altering drugs, and holographic entertainment at the push of a button. Meanwhile, the Outsiders, half-savage, inhabit a polluted wilderness of ruins and industrial waste, struggling for survival.

Uncumber has been warned never to go outside. But when she meets an Outsider on the Holovision and falls in love with him, she becomes curious and decides to venture out into the world ...

Equal parts dystopian science fiction and brilliant social satire, Michael Frayn's eerily prescient fourth novel A Very Private Life (1968) earned widespread critical acclaim and comparisons to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. This edition features a new introduction by the author.

'A weird and frightening intensity.' – Time

'Easily the most original thing Frayn has done ... written with elegant simplicity.' – New Statesman

'An ingenious fable ... at times poetically imaginative.' – Sunday Times

'An intriguing fantasy.' – Sunday Telegraph

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BN ID: 2940151056748
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Publication date: 07/30/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 989,560
File size: 2 MB

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