The Wall

£9.99

‘The Wall’ is the story of one quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude to be the result of a too successful military experiment, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival, but self-renewal.

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‘The air trembled, gold and green and clear, at the edges of the forest’

A woman takes a holiday in the Austrian mountains, spending a few days with her cousin and his wife in their hunting lodge. When the couple fails to return from a walk, the woman sets off to look for them. But her journey reaches a sinister and inexplicable dead end. She discovers only a transparent wall behind which there seems to be no life. Trapped alone behind the mysterious wall she begins the arduous work of survival.

This is at once a simple account of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one’s name, and simultaneously a disturbing dissection of the place of human beings in the natural world.

‘It makes you sick, because, if she wasn’t a woman, everyone would be reading it, like Robinson CrusoeSheila Heti

VINTAGE EARTH is a series of books that reveals our ever-changing relationship with the environment. These are stories old and young, set in worlds real or imagined, that allow us to explore our connection to the natural world. Transformative, wild, surprising and essential, these novels take on the most urgent story of our times.

Additional information

Weight 0.207 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.6 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

240

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

833.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K