A NovelBook - 2020
A visionary and timely novel about a world out of balance by the prizewinning author of The Wake
When Swans return, Alexandria will fall.
One thousand years from now, a small religious community lives in what were once the fens of eastern England. They are perhaps the world's last human survivors. Now they find themselves stalked by a force that draws ever closer, and that seems to have brought them to the brink of extinction. A force that offers them a promise and a threat: a place called Alexandria.
Set in a time on the far side of an apocalypse, and perhaps on the verge of another, Paul Kingsnorth's radical new novel is a work of matchless, mythic imagination. It is driven by elemental themes: community versus the self, the mind versus the body, machine over man--and the tension between an unstable present and an unknown, unknowable future.
Alexandria is the rousing conclusion to an extraordinary fiction project that began with Kingsnorth's prizewinning novel The Wake , one that maps two thousand years of troubled human history.