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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 02/02/2012
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Something strange is going on. All over the world, pain is manifesting itself as light. Cuts and bruises blaze and flash. Arthritic joints glow. Injured troops emit radiant white shards into the desert night. On the news, they're calling it 'The Illumination'. As this breathtaking phenomenon takes holds, a private journal of love notes passes into the keeping of Carol Ann Page, a lonely hospital patient, and from there through the hands of five other people. Each of them will find their lives changed forever over a story which spans decades and continents, a story that shines a spectacular light on the wounds we all bear...

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099555780
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 196 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


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"The most exciting and, in some ways, generous piece of fiction I've read in some time... I relish the way it dazzles and mystifies. I love its generosity of spirit, its whiff of frailty - the way the whole thing seems steeped in light" -- Julie Myerson * Observer *
"Stunning... sublime... One of the most profound and profoundly moving books that it's been my privilege to read" -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday *
"His vision is genuinely original...the brilliance of his premise rebounds throughout the novel, catching unexpected angles, radiating metaphor and meaning, and providing us with a new way of thinking about suffering - which must be one of the most important things any novelist can do" -- Edmund Gordon * Sunday Times *
"After a while the book itself seems to glow... Brockmeier, by the sheer grace of his writing, forces you to hold mortality and love in the forefront of your mind and just let them sink in" * Guardian *
"The Illumination is a quietly ambitious work ... Brockmeier clears a space for the exploration of beauties and pains that in a cruder novel might have been sentimental" -- Michael Sayeau * Times Literary Supplement *

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Angie at Glasgow Sauchiehall Street

“3.5 stars. Super cool concept but not without faults.”

The bulk of my rating for this book is based on the strength of its concept, which I loved: all of a sudden, all over the world, wounds/pain begin emanating light. The more intense the pain or severe the injury, the... More

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