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Kallocain

Boye, Karin, McDuff, David
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: November 28, 2019
ISBN: 9780241355589
192 pages

£8.99

A pioneering work of dystopian fiction from one of Sweden’s most acclaimed writersWritten midway between Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, as the terrible events of the Second World War were unfolding, Kallocain depicts a totalitarian ‘World State’ which seeks to crush the individual entirely. In this desolate, paranoid landscape of ‘police eyes’ and ‘police ears’, the obedient citizen and middle-ranking scientist Leo Kall discovers a drug that will force anyone who takes it to tell the truth. But can private thought really be obliterated? Karin Boye’s chilling novel of creeping alienation shows the dangers of acquiescence and the power of resistance, no matter how futile.

Translated with an introduction by David McDuff

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