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Mariner Books
25 February 2020
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Science fiction; Dystopia; Urban Sci-Fi
From award-winning Spanish author Ray Loriga comes a dystopian novel about authority, manipulation, and the disappearance of privacy that calls to mind The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood [and] Blindness by Jose Saramago (Alfaguara Prize Winner Citation).

Ten long years have passed since war first broke out, and one couple still does not know the whereabouts of their children, or what their country is even fighting for. They follow orders and their lives go by simply, routinely, until--one day--a mute boy walks onto their property. When the authorities announce that the area needs to be evacuated and that everyone must relocate to the transparent city, the three leave together.

At first, the city proves to be a paradise: a stunning glass dome of endless highways, buildings, trains, and markets. Everything its inhabitants need is provided to them--food, protection, shelter--and the family quickly, unquestioningly, settles into their new life. But, soon, a sinister underlay begins to emerge. Neither secrets nor walls are permitted here, and strict order, authoritarian calm, and transparency must always reign supreme.

In a society in which everything private is public, the most chilling portent of our future emerges. Surrender is an urgent novel about dignity and rebellion and the lengths we go to preserve love, hope, and humanity.

Loriga envisions in this gripping tale an unsettling dystopia in which all secrets are forbidden...

This memorable page-turner will appeal to fans of Brave New World. --Publishers Weekly
By:   Ray Loriga
Translated by:   Carolina De Robertis
Imprint:   Mariner Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 201mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   181g
ISBN:   9781328528520
ISBN 10:   1328528529
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   25 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

RAY LORIGA is an author, screenwriter, and film director. Surrender, which won the Alfaguara Prize in Spain in 2017, is his third novel to be published in the United States. His previous, Tokyo Doesn't Love Us Anymore, received rave reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere. His work has been translated into fourteen languages.

Reviews for Surrender

WINNER OF THE ALFAGUARA PRIZE (SPAIN), 2017 Ray Loriga is a fascinating cross between Marguerite Duras and Jim Thompson. --Pedro Almodovar [Surrender is] a Kafkaesque and Orwellian story about authority and collective manipulation, a parable on our societies exposed to the gaze and judgment of all. Through the use of a modest and thoughtful voice, with unexpected bursts of humor, the author constructs a luminous fable about exile, loss, paternity and attachment. --Alfaguara Prize Winner Citation Loriga can be considered the originator of writing that moves away from Spanish realism, to mental monologue in a desolate landscape, as if taken from a Hopper painting, with protagonists whose only social nucleus, generally broken, is that of refined writing, of short paragraphs, that does not describe but rather goes, silently, like the tires of a car on a highway. --La Vanguardia


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