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The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again: Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020 Hardcover – 25 August 2020

3.9 out of 5 stars 319 ratings

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Unsettling and insinuating, fabulously alert to the spaces between things, Harrison is without peer as a chronicler of the fraught, unsteady state we're in.The Guardian

Like reading Thomas Pynchon underwater, this is a book of alienation, atmosphere, half glimpsed revelation - and some of the most beautiful writing you'll ever encounter. ― Daily Mail

One of the strangest and most unsettling novels of the year ― The Herald

Harrison is a linguistic artist, constructing sentences that wrap and weave like a stream of consciousness without ever breaking focus...every sentence is a decadent bite of a new sensation ― Sci Fi Now

Uncanny and exquisite ― Morning Star

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again is a novel so good all the usual reviewerish superlatives barely seem superlative enough. -- Adam Roberts ― Sibilant Fricative

Harrison's unsettling and melancholy novel, gritted with farce and dreadful laughter, shouts award-winner on every page. ― The Times

Richly textured...slippery and seedy. ― The Spectator

A deeply unsettling fever dream of a novel. 4.5 out of 5. ― SFX

[There is] beauty and precision of [Harrison's] psychogeographic prose. 9.4/10. ― Fantasy Book Review

Masterful and deeply affecting. ― Locus Magazine

This excellent book may be the most unsettling piece of fiction you read this year... ― Shiny New Books

Harrison is a linguistic artist, constructing sentences that wrap and weave like a stream of consciousness without ever breaking focus. ― Sci-Fi Paradise

Unset­tling, brilliant, and pretty much unlike anything anyone else is doing. ― Locus

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and like much of Harrison's works, there are scenes of such sublime strangeness that they linger in the mind long after the novel is over. As such it is another triumph from one of our finest writers, and essential reading for 2020 ― Fantasy Hive

One of the best writers of fiction currently at work in English ― Robert MacFarlane

A stunning masterpiece ― Paul Cornell

Treads the line between realism and fantasy with immense assurance and draws a portrait of watery, post-Brexit Britain that brings shivers of both unease and recognition -- Jonathan Coe, author of international bestseller Middle England ― New Statesman Books of the year

As ominous and bizarre as the title suggests. This funny, unsettling book is better left undescribed, but 'post-Brexit England haunted by green fish-people growing out of toilet bowls' should, uh, whet the appetite -- Rory Scothorne ― New Statesman Books of the year

Slippery and dreamlike, a profoundly and eerily disquieting experience . . . future critics will find in his writing a distinct, clear-eyed vision of late-twentieth and early-twenty-first-century life ― J.S. Barnes, Times Literary Supplement

Brilliantly unsettling ― Olivia Laing

M. John Harrison's masterpiece ― Frances Wilson, New Statesman

Absolutely astonishing ― Michael Marshall Smith

A magnificent book ― Neil Gaiman

An extraordinary experience ― William Gibson

A mesmerising, mysterious book . . . Haunting. Worrying. Beautiful ― Russell T. Davies

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Harrison's vision is compelling - Financial Times

A curious and accomplished writer - Guardian

Harrison draws the reader on by the clarity of his vision and writing - Independent

Austere, unflinching and desperately moving, he is one of the very great writers alive today

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gollancz; 1st edition (25 August 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 488 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0575096357
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0575096356
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16 x 3 x 23.6 cm
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