In The Country Of Last Things, 2012

In The Country Of Last Things is Paul Auster’s fifth novel (the fourth under his own name). It was published in 1987. It was preceded by The New York Trilogy (City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986), The Locked Room (1986)), which is my favourite of his books, but it’s not science fiction, so there’s no place for it here. In The Country Of Last Things takes the form of a letter written by Anna Blume. Anna has entered an unnamed city in search of her brother, William. Life in the city has descended into chaos and disorder. No industry takes place and most of the population scavenges for rubbish to resell. Bleak stuff. Good title, though.

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It’s Science Fiction Fortnight here at The Future is Papier Mâché.

I am indebted to John and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion. And to my collaborator and all-round cool dude, Richard over at CK Ponderings, who is cooking something interesting up at his blog.

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