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by Nick Harkaway
Publication Date: 12/07/2018
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'Gnomon is an extraordinary novel, and one I can't stop thinking about some weeks after I read it. It is deeply troubling, magnificently strange, and an exhilarating read.' Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

'Nick Harkaway's most ambitious novel yet. [A] story of near-future mass surveillance, artificial intelligence and human identity ... An amazing and quite unforgettable piece of fiction.' Guardian

'Harkaway dazzles.' Daily Mail

'Wonderfully good.' Sunday Times

Near-future Britain is a state in which citizens are constantly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of 'transparency.' Every action is seen, every word is recorded and the System has access to thoughts and memories.

When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in custody, it marks the first time a citizen has been killed during an interrogation. Mielikki Neith, a trusted state inspector, is assigned to find out what went wrong. Immersing herself in neural recordings of the interrogation, what she finds isn't Hunter but rather a panorama of characters within Hunter's psyche.

Embedded in the memories of these impossible lives lies a code which Neith must decipher to find out what Hunter is hiding. The staggering consequences of what she finds will reverberate throughout the world.

Classic fiction
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Penguin Random House
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United Kingdom
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  • gnomon

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    :: Spoiler Alert ::

    it goes on in great detail about a murder pages of detail - imagine if jules verne had gone on about the metallurgy of the nineteenth century describing how the steel is made down to the molecular detail - well many sf writers waffle on endlessly about cyber-augmented-virtual-digital-alt-realities in great complexity getting nowhere plotwise. add inserted otherness written worse than a first draft in the hundreds of pages is disconnected characters supposedly craft an alternative plot line to up end the system which had killed a suspect accidentally and now an inspector rummages around her memories endlessly with solipsistic spiral circularities interwoven with fragmented intercessions supposedly part of the plot that bloats itself into a meandering rant of no end in sight resolution - only in the very end to make the author think he's gotten into your head for the virus he is. luckily I am mental so I wont be infected. It was a trial suffering this hyper augmented waffle. sf is really lacking in creativity of imagination. this is another cyber surrealism gone bezerk in the author's imagination admitting he could not have done it on his own and it shows.