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آ Man Booker Prizeâ€“winner Howard Jacobsonâ€™s brilliant and profound new novel, , â€œinvites comparison with George Orwellâ€™s and Aldous Huxleyâ€™s â€ (, London). Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying.آ آ آ Kevern Cohen doesnâ€™t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasnâ€™t then, and isnâ€™t now, the time or place to be asking questions. When the extravagantly beautiful Ailinn Solomons arrives in his village by a sea that laps no other shore, Kevern is instantly drawn to her. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinnâ€™s guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pairâ€™s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them togetherâ€”whatever the cost.آ آ آ In this stunning, evocative, and terribly heartbreaking work, where one coupleâ€™s love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race, Howard Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.
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