Surrealist Circus Animals

Ned Beauman

  • Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
    Fourth Estate, 323 pp, £12.99, June 2017, ISBN 978 0 00 815917 7

What kind of emotions will we have after the end of the world? When we’re fighting over cans of dog food in the shadow of half-collapsed overpasses, will we observe, in Nietzsche’s words, ‘how differently the human drives have grown and still could grow depending on the moral climate’? The American writer Jeff VanderMeer seems to dangle two possible answers to this question, and it is at some cost to the distinctiveness of his work that in the end he chooses neither.

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