A haunting thriller from one of Britain's most exciting writers.
The Affirmation is at once an original thriller and a haunting study of schizophrenia; it has a compulsive, dream-like quality. Peter Sinclair is tormented by bereavement and failure. In an attempt to conjure some meaning from his life, he embarks on an autobiography, but he finds himself writing the story of another man in another, imagined, world, whose insidious attraction draws him even further in . . .
Christopher Priest's novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern science fiction and fantasy. His novel The Prestige is unique in winning both a major literary prize (the James Tait Black Award) and a major genre prize (The World Fantasy Award); The Separation won both the Arthur C Clarke and the British Science Fiction Awards. He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in 1983.
"With formidable imagination and ingenuity, Christopher Priest turns the novel into an Escher tessellation in which figure and ground are interchangeable. Bringing home to the power of narrative to steal reality, affirming nothing, it abandons us mid sentence, posed between page and world, discomfited and hyper-aware." (Sam Thompson Times Literary Supplement)
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