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C. Whitehead’s Zombie Novel Takes Streets

10/19/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post
 
Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Zone One, Colson Whithead

Zone One, the highly anticipated fifth novel from MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead, hit the shelves and electronic delivery channels yesterday. It deals with the living dead in the city that never sleeps. Here’s what people are saying:

“The best book of the fall…Zone One formulates an essential equation: the measure of what we once had versus the hint of what we have left. Whitehead brilliantly reformulates an old-hat genre to ask the epidemic question of a teetering history — the question about the possibility of survival.”
—Tom Chiarella, Esquire

“Everything comes to life in this perfectly paced, horrific, 40-page finale shot through with grim comedy and desolate wisdom about the modern age in all its poisonous, contaminating rage. It’s a remarkable episode, drenched in the matinee carnage of classic horror but elevated by the power of Whitehead’s prose to the level of those other ash-covered nightmares imagined by T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cormac McCarthy.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“When I was a youngster, comic books and novels such as Lucifer’s Hammer and The Stand provided models of the apocalypse, but movies were my true primer — the glorious feel-bad dystopian flicks of the 1960s and 1970s. The inexplicable monsters of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead were my template for this book, as they are for everything we currently categorize as a zombie text.”
—Colson Whithead, interviewed in Harper’s

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