"A troubling, hammering but glorious novel." -- David Mitchell
"This debut novel is a kind of Robinson Crusoe seen through dark glass.." -- Kirkus Review
From the Back Cover
"A great, creepy tender read."
Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi
At the edge of the Antarctic Circle a steamship approaches a desolate island. On board is a young man, poised to take up the post of weather observer. But on shore he finds no trace of the man he has been sent to replace, just a
deranged castaway who refuses to speak. For the next twelve months his entire world will consist of a deserted
cabin, trees, rocks, silence and the surrounding sea.
Then night begins to fall . . .
"A thrillingly vivid hallucination . . . it overtook my dreams . . . Sánchez Piñol creates a struggle for survival that is, at the same time, a meditation on humanity. An island story, following a long line through Robinson Crusoe right up to The Beach."
"Superbly controlled and creepy."
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"Remarkable . . . an addictive and unsettling read."
"A brilliantly suspenseful debut novel."
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