Station Elf

Atlas Contact

WAT BLIJFT ER OVER ALS DE BESCHAVING TEN ONDER GAAT? EN HOEVER ZOU JE GAAN OM DIT TE BESCHERMEN? Op een winterse avond in Toronto sterft de beroemde acteur Arthur Leander op het toneel terwijl hij de rol van zijn leven speelt. Diezelfde avond strijkt een dodelijk griepvirus neer op het Noord-Amerikaanse continent. De wereld zal nooit meer hetzelfde zijn. Twintig jaar later trekt Kirsten, een actrice van het Reizende Symfonieorkest, langs de nieuwe nederzettingen rondom de Grote Meren om Shakespeare op te voeren voor de overlevenden van de ondergang. En dan wordt haar hoopvolle nieuwe wereld wederom bedreigd.
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Publisher
Atlas Contact
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Published on
Jun 29, 2015
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Pages
322
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ISBN
9789025445416
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Language
Dutch
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Genres
Fiction / General
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Emily St. John Mandel
2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
 
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
 
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
 
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
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