Fugue for a Darkening Island

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For those still parsing out the distinction between Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction, Fugue for a Darkening Island is a powerful example of the latter by an author who established himself as a master of the former. I picked up Fugue because one of Christopher Priest's earlier novels, The Inverted World, had impressed me to the point of evangelism (see, I'm still at it!). While the tone of Fugue is similarly cold and direct, the content is simply brutal - it has more in common with a book like Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird, which outpaces Fugue's misery by degree, not kind. A challenging book, notable for its fine prose, non-linear narrative, and its anticipation, in 1972, of Europe's present refugee crisis.