‘So many toxic constructs’

Jeff VanderMeer’s eco-thriller
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June 2021, no. 432
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Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

4th Estate, $29.99 pb, 400 pp

‘So many toxic constructs’

Jeff VanderMeer’s eco-thriller
by
June 2021, no. 432
Jeff VanderMeer (photograph by Ditte Valente)
Jeff VanderMeer (photograph by Ditte Valente)

In his monograph The Great Derangement (2016), Indian writer Amitav Ghosh pointedly asks why society, and more specifically literature, has almost entirely ignored climate change: ‘ours was a time when most forms of … literature were drawn into the modes of concealment that prevented people from recognising the realities of their plight’. This was, Ghosh concludes, because ‘serious prose fiction’ had become overwhelmingly committed to versions of literary realism that rely on notions of quotidian probability. The irony of the realist novel, then, is that ‘the very gestures with which it conjures up reality are actually a concealment of the real’.

J.R. Burgmann reviews 'Hummingbird Salamander' by Jeff VanderMeer

Hummingbird Salamander

by Jeff VanderMeer

4th Estate, $29.99 pb, 400 pp

Buy this book

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