Amatka (Paperback)

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A great sci-fi story that toes the line between distopic and very weird (the fact that the Vandermeers, including Jeff of Annihilation fame, are among Tidbeck’s mentors speaks for itself). It’s refreshing to see some standard dystopian tropes played out in an imaginative setting and with a variety of women as the main characters! Plus, Tidbeck writes with poetic precision – a must in this story, where words are the foundation of the physical world.

— Ruby




A surreal debut novel set in a world shaped by language in the tradition of Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Vanja, an information assistant, is sent from her home city of Essre to the austere, wintry colony of Amatka with an assignment to collect intelligence for the government. Immediately she feels that something strange is going on: people act oddly in Amatka, and citizens are monitored for signs of subversion.

Intending to stay just a short while, Vanja falls in love with her housemate, Nina, and prolongs her visit. But when she stumbles on evidence of a growing threat to the colony, and a cover-up by its administration, she embarks on an investigation that puts her at tremendous risk.

In Karin Tidbeck's world, everyone is suspect, no one is safe, and nothing--not even language, nor the very fabric of reality--can be taken for granted. Amatka is a beguiling and wholly original novel about freedom, love, and artistic creation by a captivating new voice.

About the Author

Karin Tidbeck is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. She lives and works in Malmö as a freelance writer, translator, and creative-writing teacher, and writes fiction in Swedish and English. She debuted in 2010 with the Swedish short story collection Vem är Arvid Pekon? Her English debut, the 2012 collection Jagannath, was awarded the Crawford Award 2013 and short-listed for the World Fantasy Award.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101973950
ISBN-10: 1101973951
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 27th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English