Press Release: Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake

Margret Atwood

With a new introduction by the author for this edition

Illustrated by Harriet Lee-Merrion

‘Saturated in science, the novel is simultaneously alive with literary resonances … superlatively gripping and remarkably imagined’
the sunday times

Never has a plague-ravaged world been so brilliantly depicted. Dark, edgy and eerily prophetic, Oryx and Crake is a blistering page-turner from Margaret Atwood that is making its stunning Folio debut. Shortlisted for both the Man Booker and Orange prizes, the novel brings dark humour to the prophetic tale of a human race all but wiped out by plague.

Jimmy shields his skin from the scorching post-apocalyptic sun by spending much of the day wrapped in a filthy sheet in his makeshift treehouse. Born before the world imploded, his body and mind are illequipped for this extreme environment, unlike the Crakers who have been bioengineered to cope. As Jimmy reflects on his all-consuming love for the elusive Oyrx and his fateful friendship with megalomaniac Crake, we begin to piece together the chain of events that led to this catastrophic state.

In an introduction specially commissioned for this edition, Atwood returns to the questions raised by the novel that remain equally pertinent today: ‘How slippery is the slope? … Who’s got the will the stop us?’ There are no answers, she concludes, but her prescient tale creeps dangerously closer to reality as the years pass.

Following the Folio Society’s gorgeous and much-admired edition of The Handmaid’s Tale, this new edition sizzles with the dangerous heat and underlying menace of a ravaged America. Using a carefully selected pastel palette, award-winning illustrator Harriet Lee-Merrion has created a series of quietly unsettling artworks that convey societal collapse with an eerie sense of detachment, while the binding design reflects the scientific foundation of Atwood’s narrative with glow-in-the-dark typography.

Mark Smith continues his excellent work on the series, with seven full-page colour illustrations and an exquisitely stylish binding design.

Product information
Three-quarter bound in blocked cloth with a printed and blocked Modigliani paper front-board. Set in Freight Text and Neutraface as display. 296 pages. 7 colour illustrations. Plain slipcase. 9½˝ x 6¼˝.

UK £44.95 US $69.95 Can $85.00 Aus $89.95



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