Zone One (Hardcover)

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In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by zombies, survivor efforts to rebuild are focused on Manhattan, where civilian team member Mark Spitz works to eliminate remaining infected stragglers and remembers his horrifying experiences at the height of the zombie plague. By the Whiting Writers Award-winning author of Sag Harbor. *Author: Whitehead, Colson *Publication Date: 2011/10/18 *Number of Pages: 259 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 6.75 *Height: 10.25


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780385528078
SKU 220628973
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0385528078
Release Date 10/18/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 10.25H x 6.75L x 1.5T
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Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead, the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, has written about an eclectic array of topics, including elevator inspectors (THE INTUITIONIST, 1999), black folk figures (JOHN HENRY DAYS, 2001), flesh-tone bandages (APEX HIDES THE HURT, 2006), and zombies (ZONE ONE, 2001). "I think if you do your job, then people will come to it--whether it's about elevator inspectors, or John Henry, or zombies," he told one interviewer. "[Because] it's not just about elevator inspectors, it's not just about zombies--it's about people, it's about culture." Whitehead has lived in New York his entire life, and his passion for the city is evident in his essay collection, THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK (2004), which his publisher deemed "a literary love song." The author was the product of a solidly middle-class upbringing; his father, Arch, was a Dartmouth graduate who owned a successful business-research firm, which he had established in the early 1960s, after being told that few companies were hiring African-American executives. Whitehead set his most autobiographical novel, SAG HARBOR (2009), in a summer resort on the Long Island Sound popular with black professionals. From an early age, he was an avid fan of horror novels and films, and in the early 1980s, with the advent of VCRs, he and his brother routinely watched five movies a week, renting them from a New York City shop called Crazy Eddie's. After graduating from Harvard in 1991--with his love of pop culture firmly intact--he began working at the VILLAGE VOICE, an alternative newspaper for which he reviewed music, books, and TV shows. Whitehead's first novel, THE INTUITIONIST, won critical acclaim, and his subsequent books cemented his reputation as one of the most talented writers of his generation. Nancy Pearl wrote that Whitehead's "stylish prose . . . will bring to mind Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon," and he is frequently referred to as an heir of the author Ralph Ellison. "We want to be careful about overdoing all the comparisons to Ellison, though," one Yale professor who includes Whitehead's works on his syllabus has cautioned. "[He] is not a derivative writer."
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Editors Note In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety—the “malfunctioning” stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work­ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz’s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world. And then things start to go wrong. Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One bril­liantly subverts the genre’s conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century.
Annotation Colson Whitehead brings dark humor and contemporary insight to a classic zombie story of survival set amongst the ruins of New York City. While Whitehead's post-plague New York may at first recall post-9/11 Ground Zero, the story quickly goes off in new directions as his narrator provides a hilariously sardonic perspective on the whole situation. Before the plague hit, Mark Spitz went by a different name, and he lived a trend-driven and information-saturated urban life. He now bears a new name--one he earned in a post-plague battle--and he is a member of Team Omega, which patrols Zone One, a barricaded part of lower Manhattan below Canal Street. Omega's goal is to keep the "skels," as the infected zombies are called, at bay. Meanwhile, the action of an excellent zombie story propels this book along at a fabulously quick pace, as Whitehead reveals compelling back-story details about Spitz and explores the existential questions of the genre with cleverness and inventiveness.
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