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End of the World is Nigh,
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This review is from: In the Country of Last Things (Paperback)
In the Country of Last Things is a stark & compelling vision of the future where a government's only real contribution to society is ensuring the corpses are swept clear from the streets. This very fragile hold on the name of 'authority' is in a world where people scavenge for the tiniest morsels be it food or possessions. The scramble from murder & the harshly unpredictable weather is all documented in the present tense via diary entries by Anna who bases it all around a search for her lost brother. Her episodic reports powerfully convey the immediacy & urgency of flimsy institutions where vague structures struggle for permanancy. Above all, Auster's unflincinhg, taut text finally delivers the blow of a futile narrative that is doomed to being an open ended suicide note. Hard hitting stuff.