Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Boualem Sansal

2084. The End of the World

Cover: 2084. The End of the World - Boualem Sansal

Boualem Sansal

2084. The End of the World

2017, pp. 256, Paper
ISBN: 9781609453664
Translated by: Alison Anderson
Region: Algeria
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
£ 11.99
Read an excerpt Read an excerpt Read an excerpt

The book

A tribute to George Orwell’s 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds

It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan—named 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 and their ubiquitous surveillance, exist the last living free-thinkers of Abistan. Under their influence, Ati begins to doubt. He begins to think. Now, he must defend his thoughts with his life.
“[In 2084] Sansal dared to go much further than I did,” said Michel Houellebecq, the controversial author 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 closedmindeness, threatens our modern democracies and the ideals on which they are founded.

The author

Boualem Sansal
Boualem Sansal is the Arab world’s most courageous and controversial novelist. His first novel to appear in English (An Unfinished Business/The German Mujahid, Bloomsbury/Europa) was the first work of fiction by an Arab writer to acknowledge the Holocaust in print. He started writing novels at the age of 50, shortly after retiring as a high-ranking official in the Algerian government. He was awarded the prestigious Prix du Roman Arabe in 2012, and the German Peace Prize in 2011.

Reviews

Books by region

More suggestions

  • Cover: All your Children, Scattered - Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

    Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

    All your Children, Scattered

    2023, pp. 192, £ 12.99
    Winner of the Prix Ethiophile, the Prix Des raciness et des mots, and the Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie
  • Cover: The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Man Is to Get Lost - Alain Gillot

    Alain Gillot

    The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Man Is to Get Lost

    2022, pp. 240, £ 13.99
    “Captivating and entertaining.”— Sololibri “Alan Gillot tells the universal story of a new beginning.”— La Repubblica...
  • Cover: December Breeze - Marvel Moreno

    Marvel Moreno

    December Breeze

    2022, pp. 448, £ 14.99
    A masterful novel exploring womanhood, and the ties of a middle-class, traditional life in 1970s Colombia
  • Cover: Everything Calls for Salvation - Daniele Mencarelli

    Daniele Mencarelli

    Everything Calls for Salvation

    2022, pp. 176, £ 13.99
    A heart-breaking and unforgettable novel that challenges our notion of normality and celebrates the salvific power of solidarity and vulnerability.
  • Cover: Troubling Love - Elena Ferrante

    Elena Ferrante

    Troubling Love

    2022, pp. 144, £ 8.99
    The debut novel from the author of My Brilliant Friend in a brand-new edition
  • Cover: Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta - James Hannaham

    James Hannaham

    Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta

    2022, pp. 352, £ 14.99
    From the award winning author of Delicious Foods, the raucous, irreverent, and heart wrenching story of a transgender woman.