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Anna Kavan – Ice

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A masterpiece of literary science fiction portraying a dazzling and haunting vision of the end of the world, now in a new 50th anniversary edition with a foreword by Jonathan Lethem
Anna Kavan’s 1967 dystopian masterpiece is a novel unlike any other. In a frozen, seemingly post-nuclear, apocalyptic landscape, destruction abounds: great walls of ice overrun the world and secretive governments vie for global control. Against this surreal yet eerily familiar broken world, the narrator embarks on a hallucinatory quest for a strange and fragile “glass-girl” with silver hair. He crosses icy seas and frozen plains, searching ruined towns and ransacked rooms, all to free her from the grips of a tyrant known only as the warden and save her before the ice closes all around. Ice is at once a dystopian novel shattering the conventions of science fiction, a prescient warning of climate change, a feminist exploration of totalitarian and misogynistic violence, a Kafkaesque literary dreamscape, and a brilliant allegory for its author’s struggles with addiction–all woven together in prose as glittering as the piling snow. Acclaimed upon its publication as one of the best science fiction books of the year, this extraordinary and innovative novel has built a reputation as a major work of literature, garnering acclaim from Jonathan Lethem, Patti Smith, J.G. Ballard, China Miéville, Anais Nin, and Doris Lessing, among others. With echoes of dystopian classics like Ursula Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven, Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, and J. G. Ballard’s High Rise, Ice is a necessary and unforgettable addition to the canon of science fiction classics.

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