Station Eleven (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Recently, someone told me the word “apocalypse” in Greek means “an opening or an unveiling,” which changed the way I thought about the word. Post-apocalyptic fiction is one of those genres that you don't expect to affect you, at least not in a healthy way. Station Eleven doesn’t indulge a desire for destruction, nor does it retread all the things humanity has gotten wrong. This is a different book. 

"Survival is insufficient." Who would have thought that a three-word line from a Star Trek episode would encapsulate the importance of art and humanity's ability to thrive? This work is groundbreaking and recasts science fiction’s often cynical view into a manifesto of living life and celebrating beauty. 

This is one of those special books that doesn't grab you immediately; it grows on you. The rhythm of characters' inner dialogues builds itself into moments of revelation for the characters and the reader as both are encouraged to ponder the strangeness of what we consider everyday life, the forgotten magical qualities that technology appears to hold, the importance of other human beings to our sanity. I loved that in moments of stillness, characters would ponder the small things they remembered from normal life, like the way light reflected through ice cubes in a glass illuminates a face.

This is the apocalypse I want to live in, and the current world I want to live in also. It’s the one where humans still believe in sharing music and art as the antidote for regret and hate. Life emerges in impossible situations because survival is insufficient.

— Nate

September 2014 Indie Next List


“This is a harrowing and wonderful book -- blunt and elegant, wise and frightening, and utterly plausible at every turn. The characters are complicated, but their stories, short or long, are always deeply engaging. We -- our species -- always find ways, little by little, not just to survive but also to reestablish a sense of place, of community, and of compassion. Unsentimental yet deeply moving, Station Eleven is a terrific achievement.”
— John Christensen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

Description


An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly-acclaimed previous novels.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time--from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains--this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410474179
ISBN-10: 1410474178
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2014
Pages: 557
Language: English