Station Eleven : Longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction	 - Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

Longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

By: Emily St. John Mandel

Paperback | 20 May 2015

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The New York Times Bestseller Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 2014 National Book Awards Finalist 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty.

One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again.

Twenty years later Kirsten, an actress in the Travelling Symphony, performs Shakespeare in the settlements that have grown up since the collapse. But then her newly hopeful world is threatened.

If civilization was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it?

'BEST NOVEL. The big one . . . One of the 2014 books that I did read stands above all the others: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel . . . beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac, a book that I will long remember, and return to.' George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones

'Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven is that rare find that feels familiar and extraordinary at the same time. This is truly something special' Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus
Industry Reviews
Glorious, unexpected, superbly written; just try putting it down.
The Times

Once in a very long while a book becomes a brand new old friend, a story you never knew you always wanted. Station Eleven is that rare find that feels familiar and extraordinary at the same time, expertly weaving together future and present and past, death and life and Shakespeare. This is truly something special.
Erin Morgenstern, author of THE NIGHT CIRCUS

Visually stunning, dreamily atmospheric and impressively gripping ... Station Eleven is not so much about apocalypse as about memory and loss, nostalgia and yearning; the effort of art to deepen our fleeting impressions of the world and bolster our solitude.
Guardian

'Station Eleven is so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn't have put it down for anything. I think this one is really going to go places.'
Ann Patchett, author of BEL CANTO and STATE OF WONDER

A beautiful and unsettling book, the action moves between the old and new world, drawing connections between the characters and their pasts and showing the sweetness of life as we know it now and the value of friendship, love and art over all the vehicles, screens and remote controls that have been rendered obsolete. Mandel's skill in portraying her post-apocalyptic world makes her fictional creation seem a terrifyingly real possibility. Apocalyptic stories once offered the reader a scary view of an alternative reality and the opportunity, on putting the book down, to look around gratefully at the real world. This is a book to make its reader mourn the life we still lead and the privileges we still enjoy.
Sunday Express

Station Eleven is a firework of a novel. Elegantly constructed and packed with explosive beauty, it's full of life and humanity and the aftershock of memory.
Lauren Beukes, author of THE SHINING GIRLS

There is no shortage of post-apocalyptic thrillers on the shelves these days, but Station Eleven is unusually haunting ... There is an understated, piercing nostalgia ... there is humour, amid the collapse ... and there is Mandel's marvellous creation, the Travelling Symphony, travelling from one scattered gathering of humanity to another ... There is also a satisfyingly circular mystery, as Mandel unveils neatly, satisfyingly, the links between her disparate characters ... This book will stay with its readers much longer than more run-of-the-mill thrillers.
Alison Flood, Thriller of the Month, Observer

Station Eleven is a magnificent, compulsive novel that cleverly turns the notion of a "kinder, gentler time" on its head. And, oh, the pleasure of falling down the rabbit hole of Mandel's imagination - a dark, shimmering place rich in alarmingly real detail and peopled with such human, such very appealing characters.
Liza Klaussmann, author of TIGERS IN RED WEATHER

A genuinely unsettling dystopian novel that also allows for moments of great tenderness. Emily St. John Mandel conjures indelible visuals, and her writing is pure elegance.
Patrick deWitt, author of THE SISTERS BROTHERS (shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize)

An ambitious and addictive novel
Sarah Hughes Guardian

Possibly the most captivating and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic novel you will ever read ... Mandel truly creates a unique future - no battling for resources, but a Travelling Symphony of musicians and actors who go from settlement to settlement performing Shakespeare plays. Mandel's message is that civilisation - and just as importantly, art - will endure as long as there is life. She tells us that when humanity's back is against the wall, decency will emerge. Mandel has a beautiful writing style and the chapters preceding the apocalypse (the book jumps around in time) show an assured handle on human emotions and relationships, particularly those sequences involving Arthur Leander ... Though not without tension and a sense of horror, Station Eleven rises above the bleakness of the usual post-apocalyptic novels because its central concept is one so rarely offered in the genre - hope.
Independent on Sunday

Station Eleven reads as a love letter - acknowledging all those things we would most miss and all those things we would still have
Karen Joy Fowler, author of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES

Disturbing, inventive and exciting, Station Eleven left me wistful for a world where I still live.
Jessie Burton, author of THE MINIATURIST

A haunting tale of art and the apocalypse. Station Eleven is an unmissable experience.
Samantha Shannon, author of THE BONE SEASON

Tremendous ... if you are looking for a novel you can just wallow in I'd pick Station Eleven up right now.
Jane Garvey BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour

Station Eleven begins with a spectacular end. One night in a Toronto theater, onstage performing the role of King Lear, 51-year-old Arthur Leander has a fatal heart attack. There is barely time for people to absorb this shock when tragedy on a considerably vaster scale arrives in the form of a flu pandemic so lethal that, within weeks, most of the world's population has been killed ... Mandel is an exuberant storyteller ... Readers will be won over by her nimble interweaving of her characters' lives and fates ... Station Eleven is as much a mystery as it is a post-apocalyptic tale ... Mandel is especially good at planting clues and raising the kind of plot-thickening questions that keep the reader turning pages ... Station Eleven offers comfort and hope to those who believe, or want to believe, that doomsday can be survived, that in spite of everything people will remain good at heart, and when they start building a new world they will want what was best about the old.
Sigrid Nunez New York Times

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