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In the Country of Last Things

 
 
 
 
In the Country of Last Things
Author: Paul Auster
ISBN 13: 9780140097054
ISBN 10: 140097058
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1988-05-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $16.00
 
 

A postapocalyptic quest set against a backdrop of urban deprivation. The masses are homeless, theft is so rampant it is no longer a crime, and death -- by arranging either suicide or assassination -- is the only way out. Buildings collapse daily, driving huge numbers of citizens into the streets, where they starve or die of exposure -- if they aren't murdered by other vagrants first. Government forces haul away the bodies, and licensed scavengers collect trash and precious human waste. Weird cults form around the most popular methods of suicide. Anne Blume comes to this unnamed city in search of her brother and finds friendship -- even love -- amid the devastation.

Washington Post

Powerful, original, imaginative... .