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"It's in the Margaret Attwood/The Handmaid's Tale vein - very literary and suspenseful.Set in an altered reality - one that feels familiar and yet deeply unfamiliar, that embodies some of the dailiness of life, and yet slowly reveals itself to be a very different, much more sinister place." (Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL)
"Each page sparkles with the ebullient and sinister magic of great storytelling ... An utterly magnificent achievement." (Irvine Welsh)
"Not just uncompromising and courageous. I think it's one of the most cunning and spirited novels I've read for years... An intelligent and deeply literary novel." (Ali Smith)
"Written with great verve and brio ... An astonishing debut, I have a feeling that Fagan is a name we will hear more of." (Jackie Kay)
"The 15-year-old heroine and narrator, has a rough, raw, joyous voice that leaps right off the page and grabs you by the throat.This punkish young philosopher is struggling with a terrible past, while battling sinister social workers.The glorious Anais is unforgettable." (The Times)
Pa`nop´ti`con ( noun). A circular prison with cells so constructed that the prisoners can be observed at all times. [Greek panoptos 'seen by all']
Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders.She can't remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais's school uniform.
Smart, funny and fierce, Anais is a counter-culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts and a pillbox hat. She is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met.
The residents of the Panopticon form intense bonds, heightened by their place on the periphery, and Anais finds herself part of an ad hoc family there. Much more suspicious are the social workers, especially Helen, who is about to leave her job for an elephant sanctuary in India but is determined to force Anais to confront the circumstances of her birth before she goes.
Looking up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais knows her fate: she is part of an experiment, she always was, it's a given, a liberty - a fact. And the experiment is closing in.
In language dazzling, energetic and pure, The Panopticon introduces us to a heartbreaking young heroine and an incredibly assured and outstanding new voice in fiction.
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Buchbeschreibung Cornerstone, 2012. Hardcover. Zustand: New. Next day dispatch. International delivery available. 1000's of satisfied customers! Please contact us with any enquiries. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers mon0000214520