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The down days : a novel (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Ilze Hugo

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"In the aftermath of a deadly outbreak bearing similarities to the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic, a city at the tip of Africa is losing its mind-complete with hallucinations, paranoia, and good old-fashioned ghost sightings. Is it the result of secret government experiments, an episode of mass hysteria, the effects of trauma, a sign of the end times? In a quarantined city in which the inexplicable has already occurred, rumors, superstitions, and conspiracy theories abound. In these strange days, Faith works as a full-time corpse collector and a freelance truthologist, putting together disparate pieces of information to solve others' problems. But after Faith agrees to help an orphaned girl find the girl's abducted baby brother, she begins to wonder whether the boy is even real. Meanwhile, Sans, a ponyjacker in the human hair trade, is so distracted by a glimpse of his dream woman that he lets a bag of money he owes his gang partners go missing-leaving him desperately searching for both and soon questioning his own sanity. Over the course of a single week, the paths of Faith, Sans, and a cast of other hustlers-including a data dealer, a drug addict, a sin eater, and a hyena man-will cross and intertwine as they move about the city, looking for lost souls, uncertain absolution, and answers that may not exist. Part ghost story, part whodunit, part palimpsest, THE DOWN DAYS is a rollicking exploration of the mutability of memory, the subjectivity of perception, and the notion that truth is ultimately in the eye of the beholder"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:LBrary
Teoksen nimi:The down days : a novel
Kirjailijat:Ilze Hugo
Info:London ; New York : Skybound Books, [2020]
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):*****
Avainsanoja:2021-01-read

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The Down Days: A Novel (tekijä: Ilze Hugo)

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This book, from the 2021 Tournament of Books shortlist, is a good book for the current times, as it deals with an African city that has been devastated by a very contagious and dangerous laughing sickness. At the onset of the story, the citizens have adjusted to the new normal, in which everyone wears a mask and new professions like "dead collectors" and "sin eaters" have emerged. There is a lot going on in this novel, maybe a little too much, but I loved the crazy characters and the mix of science-fiction, supernatural and mystery elements. ( )
  mathgirl40 | Jan 7, 2021 |
TOB-2021 This is a book I would have never read. It's a first novel and I really enjoyed it. This book was published in May of 2020 and it's about a pandemic. Clearly this book was written before the start of our own pandemic so that's quite the coincidence.

But the plot of this book was so good. Faith, a dead collector, Sans, a pony tail seller, Tomorrow, an orphaned girl and others are woven into the story seamlessly. The book addresses how people can go a little crazy in a pandemic situation. It's spiritual in that some of the dead people's souls haven't yet left earth.

All in all a very good book. ( )
  kayanelson | Jan 2, 2021 |
Thanks to NetGalley for my ARC.

This book is a rollercoaster for a lot of reasons. First the timing of publication and subject matter pandemic-pandemic: EEEK! In a good way though but also in a totally chilling way too. Also the pacing is totally insane but that also feels right since the pandemic here is uncontrollable laughter that is 100% fatal. Also must be said that this laughing pandemic, not the fatal part though, actually happened in 1962 Tanzania. There are surprising twists by way of wildly good writing. Ilze Hugo is such a good writer she is totally unexpected. Its also great to be reading work from other parts of the world the isights and writing feel universal but also very not-American which is great.

So it is in the post-outbreak world that this novel begins. The deadly laughing hysteria has left Tanganyika on the edge. The city is on the edge and also well beyond it with paranoia and visions abound. It feels very much like what could happen in the wake of the current pandemic. In this case it a situation of what to do with the quarantined city where now paranoia and conspiracy theory and superstitions are the new-abnormal. The question looms was this real is it more mass hysteria or is the paranoia justified? It is here that we have Faith a freelance journalist 'truthologist' and collector of dead bodies. Faith meets a cast of characters including a hyena man, HYENA MAN, to find answers. Answers are not easy to come by and the tale just unwinds in so many unexpected directions all I can add is that it's a must read if you can handle the pandemic-pandemic proximity of the writing. If you are prepared for that then you are read and also not ready for The Down Days.

In The Down Days the absurdity know is not only set to unholy levels but its also connected to a distortion pedal that Ilze Hugo relentlessly stomps on throughout the course of the narrative that fittingly jams all the action into a seven-day span.

Pick up The Down Days and prepare to be shocked and entertained and wowed by some wildly inventive and beautiful writing. ( )
  modioperandi | May 22, 2020 |
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"In the aftermath of a deadly outbreak bearing similarities to the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic, a city at the tip of Africa is losing its mind-complete with hallucinations, paranoia, and good old-fashioned ghost sightings. Is it the result of secret government experiments, an episode of mass hysteria, the effects of trauma, a sign of the end times? In a quarantined city in which the inexplicable has already occurred, rumors, superstitions, and conspiracy theories abound. In these strange days, Faith works as a full-time corpse collector and a freelance truthologist, putting together disparate pieces of information to solve others' problems. But after Faith agrees to help an orphaned girl find the girl's abducted baby brother, she begins to wonder whether the boy is even real. Meanwhile, Sans, a ponyjacker in the human hair trade, is so distracted by a glimpse of his dream woman that he lets a bag of money he owes his gang partners go missing-leaving him desperately searching for both and soon questioning his own sanity. Over the course of a single week, the paths of Faith, Sans, and a cast of other hustlers-including a data dealer, a drug addict, a sin eater, and a hyena man-will cross and intertwine as they move about the city, looking for lost souls, uncertain absolution, and answers that may not exist. Part ghost story, part whodunit, part palimpsest, THE DOWN DAYS is a rollicking exploration of the mutability of memory, the subjectivity of perception, and the notion that truth is ultimately in the eye of the beholder"--

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