A Brief History of the Dead

A Brief History of the Dead

by KevinBrockmeier (Author)


Laura Byrd is in trouble. Three weeks ago she and her friends found themselves alone in one of the coldest, most remote places on earth. Her friends set out in search of help, and now Laura realises that they are not coming back. So she gathers her remaining supplies and sets out on an extraordinary journey. Meanwhile in another city, more and more people arrive every day. Each has a different story to tell, but their accounts have one thing in common -- it was their final journey. For this is the city of the dead. And the link between this city and Laura's journey lies at the heart of Kevin Brockmeier's remarkable novel. 'The Brief History of the Dead' tells a magical story about our lives -- about our place in the world, our connections with each other, and what happens to us all after our deaths. It is a story of spellbinding power and imagination, which resonates long after the final page.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Published: 13 Feb 2006

ISBN 10: 0719568331
ISBN 13: 9780719568336

Media Reviews
'An unearthly literary tale' -- Bookseller 'A moving and unsettling meditation on memories, how recollections of the seemingly trivial can sustain us' -- Books Quarterly (Waterstone's) 'A story of spellbinding power and imagination which resonates long after the final page' -- Tangled Web 'Sure-to-be-acclaimed fiction mixes with travelogue ... Gripping -- and moving -- stuff.' -- Sunday Times Travel Magazine -- February 2006 'His confident voice, observational brilliance and playful humour dazzle to the end.' -- The Times 'Convincing ... reflects on relationships in a beautiful, delicate manner' -- Publisher's Weekly 'Unique and spellbinding ! Brockmeier is up to something different' -- Minneapolis Star Tribune 'Brockmeier investigates our capacity for wonder ! and the result is exacting and perfectly strange' -- The New Yorker 'A spellbinding novel' -- Amy Worth, lead account manager, books, Amazon; Bookseller/ February Booksellers' choice 'Such a powerful read' -- Time Out 'Interesting and intellectually daring' -- New Statesman 20060327 'The themes!are united with wonderful delicacy ... A prodigy of imagination, insight and overwhelming tenderness' -- Murrough O'Brien, The Independent 20060327 'The Brief History of the Dead is more magic realism than science fiction. Brockmeier brings to his book the inquisitive soul of a child. He is a master of the imaginative ponder. His prose is full of whimsy, word play and metaphysical musing. ... evocative and attentive...truly spellbinding' -- Weekend Australian 20060311 'A genuine page turner' -- Derby Evening Telegraph 20060303 'The inventiveness with which the author links (the worlds of the living and the dead) is highly impressive' -- Financial Times 20060304 'Brockmeier is a lyrical yet subtle writer, interested in perplexing teleological questions ... A powerful read' -- Time Out 20060301 'Imagery like this abounds so that reading Brockmeier's prose is like eating a plate full of tasty titbits. You are bound to be delighted over and over again!it's entertaining and pleasurable to read.' -- Canberra Times 20060301 'Luminous' -- The Age 20060301 'Such is his sensitivity and skill that Brockmeier contrives a mystery that is nonetheless subtle, absorbing and ultimately satisfying.' -- Colin Greenland, Guardian 20060408 'The Brief History of the Dead is altogether remarkable' -- Good Reading 20060408 'An intriguing take on the afterlife and will encourage you to think about what death means to you' -- The Weekly Times 20060408 'Sort of like Lost in a good book ... Comparison with Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones is inevitable' -- USA Today 20060408
Author Bio
Kevin Brockmeier lives in Arkansas, USA. His short stories have won many awards. THE BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD is his first novel to be published in the UK.