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The Divers' Game

Jesse Ball



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Text Publishing Company
03 October 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
From the inimitable mind of award-winning author Jesse Ball, a novel about an unsettlingly familiar society that has renounced the concept of equality-and the devastating consequences of unmitigated power.

The old-fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned. It was a misguided endeavour. The world is divided into two groups, pats and quads. The pats may kill the quads as they like, and do. The quads have no recourse but to continue with their lives.

The Divers' Game is a thinly veiled description of our society, an extreme case that demonstrates a truth- we must change or our world will collapse. What is the effect of constant fear on a life, or on a culture? Brilliantly constructed and achingly tender, The Divers' Game shatters the notion of common decency as the binding agent between individuals, forcing us to consider whether compassion is intrinsic to the human experience. With his signature empathy and ingenuity, Jesse Ball's latest work solidifies his reputation as one of contemporary fiction's most mesmerising talents.
By:   Jesse Ball
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   256g
ISBN:   9781922268266
ISBN 10:   1922268267
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   03 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jesse Ball (1978-). Novelist, absurdist. Born in New York. His many and varied works are beloved in a dozen languages.

Reviews for The Divers' Game

'Ball takes aspects already present in society - fear, violence, otherness - to a socialised extreme, in a way that calls our humanity into question. His writing is poetic and exquisite, provoking both moral reflection and morbid fascination with the dark world he draws...Ball has written the 1984 for the 21st century. Read it.' * Where the Books Go * 'Jesse Ball is an audaciously confident writer. His prose is crisp, sharp, and elusive. Kafkaesque, Borgesian.' * Bookmunch * 'Ball uses the dystopian mode to deliver short, disturbing pieces of fiction, that cut to the heart of our humanity. In The Divers' Game, Ball has delivered another gem.' * Pile by the Bed * 'Jesse Ball can do no wrong...[The Divers' Game is] a terrifyingly plausible take on an alternative present.' * Bram Presser * 'Jesse Ball is a writer of formal mysteriousness and neon moral clarity...His language is spare, strange and evocative, with a tugging indeterminism...Ball maps the delusions of a society that lacks kindness but compulsively tells itself stories about its virtue...The novel's focus on empathy may open it to charges of sentimentality, but there is little in The Divers' Game to flatter the hope that people have any interest in treating each other well. Ball, instead, conveys a warm pity, or a mediated grace.' * New Yorker * 'Compulsively readable...literature like The Divers' Game is crucial-it is how fiction should be-confronting, illuminating, and challenging to our complacency.' * ArtsHub * 'Ball richly imagines a society where empathy is eroded at every level-a condemnation of the by-design inequalities of wealth, justice, freedom and opportunity that underpin western societies.' * Observer * 'A novel that increases in power and resonance like a reversed echo...The Divers' Game is tremendous, grasping towards what it is to be alive right now.' * Better Read Than Dead * 'A dystopian tale imbued with empathy, philosophical musings, and questions about compassion, generational trauma, and humanity.' * Millions * 'A poet by trade, Ball understands the economy of language better than most fiction writers today.' * Huffington Post * 'Jesse Ball [is] among our most compelling and daring writers today.' * LA Review of Books * 'A young genius who hits all of the right notes.' * Chicago Tribune *

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