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Picador Africa


Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope.

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‘A timely, searing vision of an all-too-possible world, where moments of human grace and dreaming gleam all the brighter in confinement. With this compelling parable, richly imagined, Low emerges as a profound and wholly original voice in South African literature.’ – Henrietta Rose-Innes, author of Green Lion and Nineveh