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Mental Diplopia: A Tor.com Original

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Mental Diplopia: A Tor.com Original

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4.5/5 (2 valutazioni)
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27 pagine
17 minuti
Pubblicato:
Mar 22, 2017
ISBN:
9780765397430
Formato:
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There seems to be a strange new disease spreading around the world. People are getting stuck in the past in mostly happy memories. They are straddling the line between now and then. Although the disease ends in death, the infected seem to go willingly. The epidemiologist seeks the answers to this viral mystery while she is falling in love and yet trying not to get infected, in Julianna Baggott's Mental Diplopia.

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Pubblicato:
Mar 22, 2017
ISBN:
9780765397430
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

Julianna Baggott is a poet and the author of several novels for adult readers, including Girl Talk, The Madam, and The Miss America Family, as well as Which Brings Me to You, cowritten with Steve Almond. As the pseudonymous N. E. Bode, she has written The Slippery Map, The Anybodies, The Nobodies, and The Somebodies. She lives with her family in Tallahassee, Florida.


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Mental Diplopia - Julianna Baggott

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I was among the first group of epidemiologists to be called. Wearing the white contamination suit—what has since become a second skin—I walked into Patient Zero’s quarantined hospital room, slipped into the sterilized tent surrounding her bed, and saw a beautiful, distracted, wide-eyed contentedness.

Patient Zero was a seventy-two-year-old woman who had been polishing a coffee table when she heard children loudly singing an old Russian lullaby she hadn’t heard since her own childhood. It was called Bayu Bayushki Bayu. It sounded so perfect that she first walked to the radio, thinking that somehow it had turned on by itself. But her radio was off. She unplugged it for good

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    In the not-so-distant future, an incurable epidemic is sweeping the world: irrevocably fatal but, strangely, not resented by its sufferers. For this virus brings you to death by steeping you in one moment from your past, often happy. Those who die do so in the presence of long-lost family and friends, reliving a moment of sheer joy. Around them, epidemiologists move in sealed suits, trying to understand the disease. As the survivors are driven into ever smaller retreats, our narrator, her colleagues and her lover Oliver continue to fight against the virus - even as security cameras reveal its cause. And Baggott asks us to think: how do we react, in this apocalyptic scenario? Do we fight on, regardless, facing the potential horror of utter loneliness in a deserted world? Do we try to understand? Or do we bravely go out and greet our doom, in all its glory? A beautiful and thought-provoking read.