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  • Location: Ireland, Dublin

Prophet Song

Prophet Song

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2023 Booker Prize Winner!

  • ISBN: 978-0861546459
  • Genre: Dystopian, Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find the GNSB on her step. Two officers from Ireland’s newly formed secret police are here to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist.

Ireland is falling apart. The country is in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny and when her husband disappears, Eilish finds herself caught within the nightmare logic of a society that is quickly unravelling.

How far will she go to save her family? And what – or who – is she willing to leave behind?

Exhilarating, terrifying and propulsive, Prophet Song is a work of breathtaking originality, offering a devastating vision of a country at war and a deeply human portrait of a mother’s fight to hold her family together.

Travel Guide

Dublin

In an interview on the Booker Prize website, Paul Lynch left the following quote:

‘I was aware while writing this book that I was addressing, in part, a modern problem: why are we in the West so short on empathy for the refugees flooding towards our borders? Prophet Song is partly an attempt at radical empathy. To understand better, we must first experience the problem for ourselves. And so I sought to deepen the dystopian by bringing to it a high degree of realism.
I wanted to deepen the reader’s immersion to such a degree that by the end of the book, they would not just know, but feel this problem for themselves.’

Booktrail Boarding Pass: Prophet Song

Destination:  Dublin, Ireland  Author/Guide: Paul Lynch Departure Time: Dystopian

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