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A surreal debut novel set in a world shaped by language in the tradition of Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Vanja, an information assistant, is sent from her home city of Essre to the austere, wintry colony of Amatka with an assignment to collect intelligence for the government. Immediately she feels that something strange is going on: People act oddly in Amatka, and citizens are monitored for signs of subversion.

Intending to stay just a short while, Vanja falls in love with her housemate, Nina, and prolongs her visit. But when she stumbles on evidence of a growing threat to the colony and a cover-up by its administration, she embarks on an investigation that puts her at tremendous risk.

In Karin Tidbeck's world, everyone is suspect, no one is safe, and nothing - not even language nor the very fabric of reality - can be taken for granted. Amatka is a beguiling and wholly original novel about freedom, love, and artistic creation by a captivating new voice.

Genre: Science Fiction    

Praise for this book

"Karin Tidbeck is a brilliant conjurer of worlds, a fabulist armed with an imagination as fiercely strange as any I have ever encountered. Her fiction is built on a foundation of improbabilities and even outright impossibilities, and if you surrender to its increasingly bold claims on reality you will walk away surprised, thrilled, and in all likelihood changed forever." - Matt Bell

"I recommend that you lay your hands on a copy." - Ann Leckie

"Karin Tidbeck’s Amatka is a stunning, truly original exploration of the mysteries of reality and what it means to be human. It’s brutally honest and uncompromising in its vision - a brilliant short story writer has been revealed as an even more brilliant novelist. One of my favorite reads of the past few years, an instant classic." - Jeff VanderMeer


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Used availability for Karin Tidbeck's Amatka

Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Amatka
Author(s): Karin Tidbeck
ISBN: 1-101-97395-1 / 978-1-101-97395-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Amatka
Author(s): Karin Tidbeck
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Amatka
Author(s): Karin Tidbeck
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Amatka
Author(s): Karin Tidbeck
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA