Fiction

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02 August 2020 - 00:09 By Mila de Villiers

“Hey, so, ja, I'm working on an essay about futuristic novels imagining pandemic-stricken societies with an emphasis on Albert Camus's The Plague, Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, and, uh, Deon Meyer's Fever.”

The masked millennial squints at his coursework assignment and absent-mindedly rubs his left eye with a recently sanitised hand. “Could you direct me to your speculative fiction section, please?” He looks up hopefully at the second-hand book store owner seated at her desk, his peeper hurting a little...

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