Submergence

By J.M. Ledgard

Submergence is a novel by the writer J.M. Ledgard. In this site we want to add a few thoughts and images which circled around the book as it was being written – and afterwards. We hope you enjoy.

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Reviews

"The best novel I have read all year. Ledgard shows us the emergency lighting of our internal universe, and the alien vastness of the outer one. I started Submergence one afternoon, cut short a social event that evening to keep reading, stepped off a train at midnight with twenty pages left, and stood under a light on the platform to finish them."  New York Magazine July 8th Kathryn Schulz

"Every once in a while, a critic will be mesmerized by a book that stands out from — even wipes the floor with — all other books that have come his way of late. J.M. Ledgard’s “Submergence” is that kind of book." Minneapolis Star Tribune April 11th Malcom Forbes

"The influence of the great German original WG Sebald breathes through the book, yet this is to Ledgard’s advantage. There is no disputing that Ledgard is an elegant, determinedly intellectual and disciplined writer, yet there is also immense humanity in this novel, which deserves to be one of the strongest challengers for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Fiction at its finest recognises no boundaries, and here is an artist’s novel that achieves the ultimate goal of any writer: it makes us pause and think, and think again."   The Irish Times Jul 16th Eileen Battersby

"At once precise and flexible, Submergence is a hard-edged, ultracontemporary work about people a reader cares for, apart and together, through extraordinarily precarious conditions. Ledgard gives glimpses of very strange life indeed. Out of this, acute understandings emerge." The New York Times Jun 7th Floyd Skloot

"Submergence is writing of awesome power. In a profound meditation on cruelty, pity, belief, art, science, hope, love and mortality, the novel's truths settle in your consciousness, perhaps never to be forgotten" The Independent June 9th Toby Litt

"J.M. Ledgard's Submergence wonderfully superimposes two seemingly irreconcilable worlds. There is much about this strange book that is hard to understand, which makes it all the more worthy of exploration." Wall Street Journal May 24th Sam Sacks

More reviews

  • February 15, 2013 11:08 am

    Publishers Weekly ”Beautiful, remarkable, remarkably intelligent.”

  • January 12, 2013 2:56 pm
    
Last night France attacked an al-Qaeda base in Somalia in order to free a French spy. Five helicopters were used in the raid, which left two French commandos and an unknown number of militants dead. The French intelligence chief reports that the spy Denis Allex (his pseudonym) had certainly been executed by his captors. Al-Qaeda fighters deny that, saying Allex was elsewhere and proof of life will be provided within 48 hours.
James More, the captured British spy in Submergence, in no way is meant to represent Allex. But the author often thought in detail of the inhumane conditions Allex was held in, remembered him through the writing of the book, and remembers him now.
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    Last night France attacked an al-Qaeda base in Somalia in order to free a French spy. Five helicopters were used in the raid, which left two French commandos and an unknown number of militants dead. The French intelligence chief reports that the spy Denis Allex (his pseudonym) had certainly been executed by his captors. Al-Qaeda fighters deny that, saying Allex was elsewhere and proof of life will be provided within 48 hours.

    James More, the captured British spy in Submergence, in no way is meant to represent Allex. But the author often thought in detail of the inhumane conditions Allex was held in, remembered him through the writing of the book, and remembers him now.

  • March 26, 2012 3:12 pm
    
The British edition of Submergence
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    The British edition of Submergence

  • March 10, 2012 2:48 pm
    El Eternauta is an Argentine condemned to voyage space for eternity. There is something of his forbearance in James More, the protagonist of Submergence

    El Eternauta is an Argentine condemned to voyage space for eternity. There is something of his forbearance in James More, the protagonist of Submergence

  • March 10, 2012 2:45 pm
    The Dutch edition of Submergence View high resolution

    The Dutch edition of Submergence

  • March 8, 2012 6:47 am
    Borges

    Borges

  • February 22, 2012 2:35 am

    The British prime minister tells the BBC Somali service that jihadists in Somalia are a substantial security threat to the United Kingdom

  • February 21, 2012 1:37 pm

    Submergence is named book of the year in Monocle Magazine