The Gradual (Hardcover)
Art always has a special place in times of war, one highlighting the other. The Gradual promises both and has Priest’s ever-sharp prose. Alessandro Sussken is a composer living in a warring, fascist state. This book is said to force the reader to look at the world complexly and I can’t think of anything more necessary in this time that is overshadowed by demagogues. I devoured The Prestige in one night and can’t wait to see what Christopher Priest has in store this time.— Ivy
Alesandro Sussken is a composer living in Glaund, a fascist state constantly at war with another equally faceless opponent. His brother is sent off to fight; his family is destroyed by grief. Occasionally Alesandro catches glimpses of islands in the far distance from the shore, and they feed into the music he composes.
But all knowledge of the other islands is forbidden by the military junta, until he is unexpectedly sent on a cultural tour. And what he discovers on his journey will change his perceptions of his home, his music and the ways of the islands themselves. Bringing him answers where he could not have foreseen them.
A rich and involving tale playing with the lot of the creative mind, the rigours of living under war and the nature of time itself, this is multi award-winning, master storyteller Christopher Priest at his absolute best.
About the Author
Christopher Priest is a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern SF and fantasy. His novel The Islanders won both the BSFA Award and the John W. Campbell Award. The Separation won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the BSFA Award. He was selected for the original Best Of Young British Novelists in 1983.