The Mark (Hardback)
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The Mark (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 06/06/2024
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Deliciously unnerving and astute, Isberg's dark novel of ideas proposes a test to measure a person's empathy and their capacity for anti-social behaviour and the fallout from a referendum on whether it should be made compulsory.

The Icelandic Psychological Association has prepared a test. They call it a sensitivity assessment: a way of measuring a person's empathy and identifying the potential for anti-social behaviour.

In a few days' time, Iceland will vote on whether to make the test compulsory for every citizen. The nation is bitterly divided. Some believe the test makes society safer; others decry it as a violation.

As the referendum draws closer, four people - Vetur, Eyja, Tristan and Ólafur - find themselves caught in the teeth of the debate. Each of them will have to reckon with uncomfortable questions: Where do the rights of society end and the rights of the individual begin? When does utopia become dystopia?

No matter which side wins, they will all have to find a way to live with the result.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571376742
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
Edition: Main

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“A relevant dystopian tale for our times”

You wouldn't think a story about a referendum would be the most escapist reading before a General Election, but The Mark utterly gripped me with it's interwoven plotlines of four characters on the eve of... More

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