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The Down Days (Compact Disc)

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By Ilze Hugo, Bianca Amato (Read by), Gideon Emery (Read by)
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Topical for the COVID-19 era, this magical realist novel is inspired by the 1962 Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic and set in a fictional version of Cape Town, Ilze Hugo’s hometown. This time, the laughter never stopped; seven years later, everyone is wearing a mask, laughing is forbidden, taxi drivers are death collectors, and a little girl is trying to find her brother—who may or may not be a ghost. But when even the truth is up for debate, what is one to do but laugh?

— Ksenia

In Sick City, South Africa, laughter is illegal. A laughing sickness has killed a swath of the population and leaves in their wake government mandated health checkpoints daily and an economy of fight clubs and the like. Our cast of characters include a ghost-napper, dead collector/private eye and pony tail thief whose stories twist and turn like a roller coaster, intersecting and looping around one another. A fun fast-paced read with a sprinkle of magical realism.

— Celeste


The Book of M meets District 9 in a fast paced, character-driven literary apocalyptic novel that explores life, love, and loss in a post-truth society. In the aftermath of a deadly outbreak--reminiscent of the 1962 event of mass hysteria that was the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic--a city at the tip of Africa is losing its mind, with residents experiencing hallucinations and paranoia. Is it simply another episode of mass hysteria, or something more sinister? In a quarantined city in which the inexplicable has already occurred, rumors, superstitions, and conspiracy theories abound. During these strange days, Faith works as a fulltime corpse collector and a freelance "truthologist," putting together disparate pieces of information to solve problems. But after Faith agrees to help an orphaned girl find her abducted baby brother, she begins to wonder whether the boy is even real. Meanwhile, a young man named Sans who trades in illicit goods is so distracted by a glimpse of his dream woman that he lets a bag of money he owes his gang partners go missing-leaving him desperately searching for both and soon questioning his own sanity. Over the course of a single week, the paths of Faith, Sans, and a cast of other hustlers--including a data dealer, a drug addict, a sin eater, and a hyena man--will cross and intertwine as they move about the city, looking for lost souls, uncertain absolution, and answers that may not exist.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781797108681
ISBN-10: 1797108689
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Language: English
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Created At: 11/17/2019 07:01pm
Last Updated At: 8/14/2020 09:35am