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The Guard

Peter Terrin

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation

Isolation, terror, paranoia. Two guards in a luxury apartment block stick to their posts while the world collapses around them.

'A mix of psychological thriller and SF fable, this is a strange, wonderfully claustrophobic novel' John O'Connell, Guardian. (Guardian)

Harry and Michel are stationed in the basement of a luxury apartment block, guarding the 1%. Until all the residents leave - apart from a man on floor 29.

Harry and Michel stick to their posts. The world might be at war, plunged into nuclear winter or decimated by a disease; they may be the last inhabitants in the city. All they know is that if they are vigilant, 'the organisation' will reward them: promotion to an elite cadre of security officers remains their goal, and their days are punctuated by vivid dreams of everything they are missing.

But what if there were no-one left to guard? And if the promised third officer arrives, how will he fit into Michel and Harry's studied routine of boredom and paranoia?

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Peter Terrin

Peter Terrin (1968) is building a remarkably consistent oeuvre, which has already earned him comparisons with such writers as Franz Kafka and Albert Camus. The Guard (MacLehose Press, 2012) won him the European Union Literature Prize, and for Post Mortem (MacLehose Press, 2015) he was awarded the prestigious A.K.O. Literature Prize. His work has been translated into numerous languages.

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