2084: The End Of The World by BOUALEM SANSAL2084: The End Of The World by BOUALEM SANSAL

2084: The End Of The World

byBOUALEM SANSALTranslated byAlison Anderson

Paperback | February 10, 2017

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A tribute to George Orwell's 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds, Sansal's 2084 tells the story of a near future in which religious extremists have established an oppressive caliphate where autonomous thought is forbidden.It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan-named after the prophet Abi, earthly messenger of the god Yolah-citizens submit to a single god, demonstrating their devotion by kneeling in prayer nine times a day. Autonomous thought has been banned, remembering is forbidden, and an omnipresent surveillance system instantly informs the authorities of every deviant act, thought, or idea. The kingdom is blessed and its citizens are happy, filled with a sense of purpose and piety. Those who are not-the heretics-are put to death by stoning or beheading in city squares. But Ati has met people who think differently; in ghettos and caves, hidden from the authorities, exist the last living heretics and free-thinkers of Abistan. Under their influence, Ati begins to doubt. He begins to think. Now, he will have to defend his thoughts with his life.[In 2084 ] Sansal dared to go much further than I did," said Michel Houellebecq, the controversial novelist most recently of Submission . 2084 is a cry of freedom, a call to rebellion, a gripping satirical novel of ideas, and an indictment of the religious fundamentalism that, with its hypocrisy and closed-mindedness, threatens our modern democracies and the ideals on which they are founded.WINNER OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY GRAND PRIX"
Boualem Sansalis the Arab world's most courageous and controversial novelist. His first novel to appear in English ( The German Mujahid, Europa 2009) was the first work of fiction by an Arab writer to acknowledge the Holocaust in print. He started writing novels at the age of fifty, shortly after retiring as a high-ranking official in ...
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Title:2084: The End Of The WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.23 × 5.3 × 0.78 inPublished:February 10, 2017Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting spin on 1984 Good to read a novel written by an Algerian responding to the world in which he and I live under the same sun. Wonder how many readers of this book hear the indictment of their own religious or 'post'-religious identities/ideologies/institutions in the read that Sansal makes of certain energies and ideas present in his own society. Would definitely recommend this book to someone I knew was able to understand that this novel is not about Muslims and Islam, full stop, but that this is about the human potential for totalitarianism, full stop.
Date published: 2018-04-24

Editorial Reviews

Praise for 2084: The End of the World 2084 is a powerful novel that celebrates resistance." -The Guardian ""A powerful satire on an Islamist dictatorship." -The Spectator "Sharply satiric... it's worthwhile watching Sansal dig fiercely into the essence of the all-controlling religious belief he roundly condemns."- Library Journal "Alison Anderson's deft and intelligent translation of 2084 helps to overcome such binary thinking by conveying Sansal's abhorrence of a system that controls people's minds, while explaining that the religion was not originially evil but has been corrupted. A moving and cautionary story."-Kate Webb, The Times Literary Supplement " 2084 is a rare, powerful book, at the intersection of fable and lampoon, of satire and science fiction." - Lire "The story is powerful, the humor, devastating . . . 2084 is an exceptional book." - Telerama "Boualem Sansal is of the great voices of North Africa." - Le Monde Cultures et Idees " 2084 is noir fiction a la Orwell." - Le Monde "Sansal is our guide into absurdity and out of it, the perfect guide through the fear and laughter we expend reading 2084." - The Rain Taxi Review "