The Stone Thrower
Intelligent clothing, superhero dictators, contagion-carrying computer
games, cross-species reproduction…
Welcome to the strange and startling world of Adam Marek; a menagerie of futuristic technology, sinister traditions and scientifically-grounded superpowers – a place where the absurd and the mundane are not merely bedfellows, but interbreed.
Pulsing at the core of Adam Marek’s much-anticipated second collection is a single, unifying theme: a parent’s instinct to protect a particularly vulnerable child. Whether set amid unnerving visions of the near-future, or grounded in the domestic here-and-now, these stories demonstrate that, sometimes, only outright surrealism can do justice to the merciless strangeness of reality, only the fantastically illogical can steel us against what ‘ordinary’ life threatens.
'Hits the target every time.'
- The Guardian
'The Stone Thrower is best viewed as a window on Marek’s distinctive imagination, in which the mundane waltzes with the macabre... this bold young writer is refreshing the form.'
- The Financial Times
‘The fragility of children is overwhelming in this collection. In stories beautiful and strange, Marek tries to build a kind of fortress against what would truly break us. This is writing as exorcism and prayer, words to dispel brutality and fate.’
– David Vann
‘Adam Marek is one of the best things to have happened to the short
story this century. His stories might be strange, delicious or haunting
- but they're always compelling. Any day now the word 'Marekian' is
going to enter the language. Get in on the act early. Read him now.’
– Alison MacLeod, Prof of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester, short-listed for the 2011 BBC National Short Story Award.
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- 1 Aug 2012