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One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. She is promised a nicely furnished apartment inside the Unit, where she will make new friends, enjoy the state of the art recreation facilities, and live the few remaining days of her life in comfort with people who are just like her. Here, women over the age of fifty and men over sixty–single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries–are sequestered for their final few years; they are considered outsiders. In the Unit they are expected to contribute themselves for drug and psychological testing, and ultimately donate their organs, little by little, until the final donation. Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, the ethos of this near-future society and the Unit is to take care of others, and Dorrit finds herself living under very pleasant conditions: well-housed, well-fed, and well-attended. She is resigned to her fate and discovers her days there to be rather consoling and peaceful. But when she meets a man inside the Unit and falls in love, the extraordinary becomes a reality and life suddenly turns unbearable. Dorrit is faced with compliance or escape, and…well, then what?

THE UNIT is a gripping exploration of a society in the throes of an experiment, in which the “dispensable” ones are convinced under gentle coercion of the importance of sacrificing for the “necessary” ones. Ninni Holmqvist has created a debut novel of humor, sorrow, and rage about love, the close bonds of friendship, and about a cynical, utilitarian way of thinking disguised as care.

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"The Unit" is a gripping exploration of a society in the throes of an experiment, in which the "dispensable" people--those in their 60s, childless, or unemployed--are convinced of the importance of sacrificing for the "necessary" ones.

About the Author

Ninni Holmqvist was born in 1958 and lives in Skne, Sweden. She made her debut in 1995 with the short story collection Suit [Kostym] and has published two further collections of short stories since then. She also works as a translator. The Unit marks Holmqvist’s debut as a novelist.

Marlaine Delargy works as a translator and adult learning support tutor. She has translated novels by sa Larsson and Johan Theorin, among others, and serves on the editorial board of the Swedish Book Review. She lives in Shropshire, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590513330
Publisher:
Other Press
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Translator:
Delargy, Marlaine
Author:
Holmqvist, Ninni
Author:
Delargy, Marlaine
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Health facilities
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Fiction : Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Fiction : Psychological
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Fiction : Crime
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
June 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Fantasy » General

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