The Gradual Hardcover – September 20, 2016
by Christopher Priest (Author)
Alesandro Sussken is a composer living in Glaund, a fascist state
constantly at war with another equally faceless opponent. His brother is
sent off to fight; his family is destroyed by grief. Occasionally Alesandro
catches glimpses of islands in the far distance from the shore, and they
feed into the music he composes.
But all knowledge of the other islands is forbidden by the military junta, until
he is unexpectedly sent on a cultural tour. And what he discovers on his
journey will change his perceptions of his home, his music and the ways of
the islands themselves. Bringing him answers where he could not have
A rich and involving tale playing with the lot of the creative mind, the rigours
of living under war and the nature of time itself, this is multi award-winning,
master storyteller Christopher Priest at his absolute best.