The Future Future

Adam Thirlwell


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Vintage Publishing
10 August 2023
ISBN: 9781787334403
352 pages

From the publisher

It's the eighteenth-century and Celine is in trouble

'Unlike anything else you'll read this (or any other) year'
SALMAN RUSHDIE, Booker Prize-winning author of Midnight's Children

'A radically beautiful new novel'
SHEILA HETI, author of Pure Colour

'A book filled with imaginative leaps, brave decisions and tiny details that give delight'
COLM TÓIBÍN, author of Brooklyn

'Sharp and witty and burningly original: a book that feels joyfully new'
KATHERINE RUNDELL, author of Super-Infinite

Paris, 1775: Celine's husband is mostly absent. Her parents are elsewhere. And meanwhile men are inventing stories about her - about her affairs, her sexuality, her orgies and addictions.

All these stories are lies, but the public loves them - spreading them like a virus. Celine can only watch as her name becomes a symbol for everything rotten in this society ruled by men high on colonial genocide, natural destruction, and crimes against women. To survive, Celine and her friends must band together in search of justice, truth and beauty.

Fantastical, funny and blindingly bright, The Future Future follows one woman on an urgently contemporary quest to clear her name and change the world.