May Waterstones’ Rediscovered Classics.
Rights sold to Spain (Alianza, Castilian / Periscopi, Catalan) and the United Kingdom (Vintage).
Forty women have been locked in a basement for years. What will happen when, one day, without explanation, they are set free?
« For a long time the days played out in exactly the same way…then I began to think, and everything changed. »
Forty women are locked in a basement, under the surveillance of stone-faced guardians who feed them. The youngest – the narrator – has never lived in the outside world. The others, although they don’t recall the circumstances which led to their imprisonment, recount their memories of a life with husbands, children, towns…
Mysteriously freed from their prison and let out into a deserted world, they roam far and wide in search of other humans – and answers. Yet all they find are other basements, identical to their own, populated with dead bodies. The young narrator will prove to be the key to the group’s survival.
We have talked about Kafka, Paul Auster, and The Tartar Steppe in relation to this work, a text simultaneously nightmarish and tranquil, impassive and moving.