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Creation Lake

From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author

Rachel Kushner author


Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publishing:5th Sep '24


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From Rachel Kushner, Booker Prize finalist and two-time National Book Award finalist, comes a new novel about a seductive and cunning American woman who infiltrates an anarchist collective in France

'The most exciting writer of her generation'

'Reinvents the spy novel in one cool, erudite gesture' HERNAN DIAZ

'Compulsively readable... Kill Bill written by John le Carré' OBSERVER

Sadie Smith – a thirty-four-year-old American undercover agent of ruthless tactics and bold opinions – is sent by her mysterious but powerful employers to a remote corner of France. Her mission: to infiltrate a commune of radical eco-activists influenced by the beliefs of an enigmatic elder, Bruno Lacombe, who has rejected civilisation, lives in a Neanderthal cave, and believes the path to enlightenment is a return to primitivism.

Sadie casts her cynical eye over this region of ancient farms and sleepy villages, and finds Bruno’s idealism laughable, but just as she is certain she’s the seductress and puppet master of those she surveils, Bruno Lacombe is seducing her with his ingenious counter-histories, his artful laments, his own tragic story.

Beneath this taut, dazzling story about a woman caught in the crossfire between the past and
the future lies a profound treatise on human history. Creation Lake is Rachel Kushner’s finest novel yet – a work of high art, high comedy and irresistible pleasure.

As I read Creation Lake, I was amazed that Kushner was pulling off such a feat. I kept thinking, 'this can’t possibly work’ and yet it kept working. I was completely immersed and mesmerized. It’s a highly plotted fast-paced noir and yet full of ideas and depth. I've never read anything like it. Rachel Kushner is the most exciting writer of her generation -- Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho
Creation Lake reinvents the spy novel in one cool, erudite gesture. Only Rachel Kushner could weave environmental activism, paranoia, and nihilism into a gripping philosophical thriller. Enthralling and sleekly devious, this book is also a lyrical reflection on both the origin and the fate of our species. A novel this brilliant and profound shouldn’t be this much fun -- Hernan Diaz, author of Trust
A big novel, in the best old-fashioned sense: raucous and intricate, verbose and laconic, intimate and cosmopolitan, full of weird wisdom and lightly-worn learning - oh, and it's funny, too -- John Banville, author of The Sea
An immersive novel about an agent provocateur… It’s seductive, entrancing, and quite off the wall -- Mick Herron, author of Slough House
Wild and brilliantly… Think Kill Bill written by John le Carré: smart, funny and compulsively readable * Observer *
Kushner is one of America's greatest living authors * Daily Telegraph *
Kushner is a young master. I honestly don't know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerising way -- George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo
A thrilling and prodigious novelist -- Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom
An immersive novel about an agent provocateur embedded within a group of environmental activists in south-western France, and slowly becoming mesmerised by the group elder’s theories about Neanderthals. It’s seductive, entrancing, and quite off the wall. -- Mick Herron, author of Slow Horses

ISBN: 9781787331747

Dimensions: 222mm x 138mm x 40mm

Weight: 500g

416 pages