Quarantine

Picador Classic

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With an introduction by Stuart Evers

So this is happiness, she thought. Or this, at least, is what adds up to happiness. The prospect of never running after men and camels any more, of being Miri without shame or hesitation, of letting drop her headscarf for a change so that nothing intervened between her and the sky.

Five travellers venture into the Judean wilderness in search of redemption. Instead, amidst the barren rocks, they are met by a dangerous man, Musa, and fall under his dark influence. As the unforgiving days and bitter nights erode their resolve, it becomes clear that one among them will go further than the rest: a fervent, solitary figure, he denies the temptations of his neighbours, and, ultimately, the needs of his own body.

Quarantine, Jim Crace's provocative retelling of Jesus' forty day fast in the desert, won the Whitbread novel of the year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Moving and fascinating in equal measure, this is a classic that tampers with tradition, a stunningly realised novel from one of the great writers of our time.

About Jim Crace

Jim Crace is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award) and, most recently, Harvest. He lives in Birmingham.

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Books by Jim Crace

Harvest
Harvest
Being Dead
Being Dead
The Pesthouse
The Pesthouse
All That Follows
All That Follows
Continent
Continent
Signals of Distress
Signals of Distress
Six
Six
The Devil's Larder
The Devil's Larder
The Gift of Stones
The Gift of Stones
Arcadia
Arcadia

Books in the Series

The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Psalm Killer
The Psalm Killer
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story
2666
2666
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Long View
The Long View
Trumpet
Trumpet
The Discovery of France
The Discovery of France
The Liars' Club
The Liars' Club
With Nails
With Nails
King of the World
King of the World
Quartet in Autumn
Quartet in Autumn
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children
My Year Off
My Year Off
If The Spirit Moves You
If The Spirit Moves You
The Drowned Book
The Drowned Book
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Dispatches
Dispatches
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Four Letters Of Love
Four Letters Of Love
Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy
The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
Cloudstreet
Cloudstreet
Essays In Love
Essays In Love
Scottsboro
Scottsboro
The Debt To Pleasure
The Debt To Pleasure
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
The Snow Geese
The Snow Geese
Waterland
Waterland
The Book of Evidence
The Book of Evidence