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    Asylum

    Author: Low, Marcus
    ISBN: 9781770105133
    Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope.
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    Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived. And then thereÆs an opportunity to escape. But to escape what? And where to? Can there be a life to go back to? Is there still a world out there in the barren wasteland beyond the fence? I was sitting in the train looking out at the falling snow. I knew then that I was not going home à I was going to an unknown place on a train full of unknown people. And even though I knew I would not be coming back, that the factories that whooshed by were instantly hundreds of kilometres behind us, that the train would not deliver us anywhere where weÆd want to be, I still felt grateful for the snow, the impossible snow. For it seems to me that even in the most bleak of worlds weÆll find something to hold on to à even if that is something as impossible as snow in this god-forsaken wasteland.
    Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived. And then thereÆs an opportunity to escape. But to escape what? And where to? Can there be a life to go back to? Is there still a world out there in the barren wasteland beyond the fence? I was sitting in the train looking out at the falling snow. I knew then that I was not going home à I was going to an unknown place on a train full of unknown people. And even though I knew I would not be coming back, that the factories that whooshed by were instantly hundreds of kilometres behind us, that the train would not deliver us anywhere where weÆd want to be, I still felt grateful for the snow, the impossible snow. For it seems to me that even in the most bleak of worlds weÆll find something to hold on to à even if that is something as impossible as snow in this god-forsaken wasteland.
    Products specifications
    ISBN13 9781770105133
    Sub-Title A novel
    Contributor Low, Marcus
    Language English
    Format Paperback (Trade paperback, B format)
    Height 234.0
    Width 153.0
    Weight 285
    Publisher Pan Macmillan South Africa
    Publication Date 2017-03-28
    Short Description Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope.
    Full Description Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived. And then thereÆs an opportunity to escape. But to escape what? And where to? Can there be a life to go back to? Is there still a world out there in the barren wasteland beyond the fence? I was sitting in the train looking out at the falling snow. I knew then that I was not going home à I was going to an unknown place on a train full of unknown people. And even though I knew I would not be coming back, that the factories that whooshed by were instantly hundreds of kilometres behind us, that the train would not deliver us anywhere where weÆd want to be, I still felt grateful for the snow, the impossible snow. For it seems to me that even in the most bleak of worlds weÆll find something to hold on to à even if that is something as impossible as snow in this god-forsaken wasteland.
    Author Biography Asylum is the debut novel of Marcus Low, who is based in Cape Town. Low has an MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town and is currently pursuing his PhD in epidemiology. He previously worked as policy director at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), and now edits the public health magazine Spotlight.