New PDF release: Borderliners: A Novel

By Peter Høeg

ISBN-10: 0312427115

ISBN-13: 9780312427115

Nationwide Bestseller Strange issues are taking place at Biehl's Academy while this elite college opens its doorways to a bunch of orphans and reform-school rejects, teenagers on the finish of the system's tether. however the college is administered by way of a unusual algorithm during which each minute is regimented and regulated. the youngsters quickly suspect that they're guinea pigs in a extraordinary social scan, and that their purely wish of get away is to damage via a perilous threshold of time and house. Peter Høeg's "brilliant" and dystopian Borderliners is a "uniquely philosophical mystery" (Boston Sunday Globe) and a haunting tale of formative years travail and wish.

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In China, before Christ, a clock consisted of concentric circles of incense through which a glowing ember burned its way, thus keeping pace with the day by way of constantly changing scents. At the same time, in Egypt, there was a grid—five hundred feet long, etched into rock—over which the shadow of an obelisk traveled with the sun. In Europe, in the Middle Ages, there was a brass disk marked with a hypothetical stereographic projection of the heavens across which moved a mechanical model of the celestial bodies in bronze and wood.

He paced along the walls and did not hear you if you spoke to him. Gradually he slowed down; finally he had to lie down, and he would fall asleep without saying anything. I got through to him because I discovered that the key to him lay in his movements. On the third day I began pacing beside him, brushing past the bed and the door and the other bed and under the washbasin and the window and past the closet and then around again, and I kept going even after he had tried to shake me off, and even though he looked past me, as the fox had done.

She said he had improved. He took a step toward her. " I was right behind him. It was only two days since Flakkedam had stopped sitting behind us in class, and this was the first day he had not accompanied August up and down the stairs, or been in the playground during recess. August and I had not talked about his situation, but even so we had an understanding. One evening, after I had paced around with him and just before he dropped off, he had asked about me, and I had told him how things stood: no parents, a scholarship, a guardian appointed, and my case put before the Social Welfare Committee of the local authority, which had sent me for an indefinite period to Himmelbjerg House, and had it ratified by a judge.

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