IN PARADISE, NOBODY CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM
On her fiftieth birthday and now deemed economically worthless, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material: a state-of-the-art facility where she will make new friends, enjoy generous recreational activities and live out her remaining days in comfort. The price? Her body - harvested piece by piece for the ‘necessary' ones, until the day comes when she must make her Final Donation. But Dorrit finds her days at the Unit peaceful and consoling: she no longer feels like an outsider, a single woman in a world of married couples with children. Until she unexpectedly falls in love - and everything changes.
|Subject||Fiction, Translated Fiction|
‘Readers actually begin to wonder…is life better as a pampered lab bunny or as a lonely indigent? But then [Holmqvist] turns the screw, presenting a set of events so miraculous and abominable that they literally made me gasp.'
"A remarkably thought-provoking novel."
"Holmqvist paces her revelations superbly and the reader is gripped by the atmosphere of slowly mounting claustrophobia."
"For a debut novel I thought it was stunning" Zoe Page
"This dystopian world is described with such exquisite balance between its luxuries and cruelties that the reader is emotionally drawn in and made to face up to often uncomfortable and challenging ethical dilemmas. I cannot recommend this novel, nor signal Holmquist's evident talent as an author strongly enough; it is an excellent book."
"Creepily profound and most provocative.”
"[A] chilling, stunning debut novel … Holmqvist's fluid, mesmerizing novel offers unnerving commentary on the way society devalues artistic creation while elevating procreation, and speculation on what it would be like if that was taken to an extreme. For Orwell and Huxley fans.”
"The power of The Unit is its subtlety. Highly recommended.”
"An exploration of female desire, human need, and the purpose of life.”
"Holmqvist gives us a lesson in human nature and social engineering through a story that is spare, compelling, and all too human.”
"I found this one riveting from start to finish. It could happily find a place on school reading lists alongside Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four." "Chilling, humorous, poignant, thought-provoking, and immensely readable, this is perfect reading-group material which cannot fail to provoke discussion."
"The Unit rattled me in a way few dystopian novels have … It's a story that will stick with me.”
"Beautifully haunting … This is one of the best books I've read over the past two years … Thought-provoking and emotionally-moving, The Unit is a book you'll be discussing with others long after you're done reading it.”
"Compelling, chilling in spots, and at times heartbreaking.”
"Holmqvist handles her dystopia with muted, subtle care…Neither satirical nor polemical, 'The Unit' manages to express a fair degree of moral outrage without ever moralizing…it has enough spooks to make it a feminist, philosophical page-turner.”
"Savagely dystopian … remarkably deft."
Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, this novel imagines a chilling dystopia: single, childless, midlife women are considered dispensable.”