Richard est un routard d'aujourd'hui, en quête de solitude et de sensations fortes, fasciné par l'Asie. A Bangkok, dans une guesthouse minable, il entend parler d'une île interdite aux touristes, bordée par une plage paradisiaque où l'on peut vivre de riz, de poisson et de marijuana.
Parvenu en ce lieu mystérieux en compagnie d'un couple de Français, il s'assimile aisément à la petite communauté "baba cool" qui y mène une existence rêveuse de soleil, de couleurs et de drogue. Mais ce bonheur est trompeur et le groupe va se trouver peu à peu confronté à l'horreur et à la violence.
Ce premier roman d'un jeune écrivain anglais a été salué comme le portrait magistral d'une génération.
Cette chronique d'un cauchemar annoncé se dévore comme un véritable thriller sous les tropiques.
Bernard Géniès, Le Nouvel Observateur.
Carl s'est fait agresser dans le métro. Après quelques jours de coma, il recouvre suffisamment de forces pour rentrer chez lui. La vie reprend son cours : il rend visite à des amis, retrouve sa compagne Catherine. Insidieusement, le doute s'installe. D'improbables fragments de conscience le tourmentent, fragments de vie, sans logique et sans suite. Qui est cette femme dans son lit ? Tous ces gens lui parlent-ils vraiment, ou est-ce une illusion ? Un roman hallucinant et halluciné, qui marque le retour d'une des personnalités les plus intrigantes de la littérature anglaise.
The Khao San Road, Bangkok -- first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard's first night there, in a low-budget guest house, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to "the Beach." The Beach, as Richard has come to learn, is the subject of a legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden.
Haunted by the figure of Mr. Duck -- the name by which the Thai police have identified the dead man -- and his own obsession with Vietnam movies, Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful and idyllic as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly, undercurrents.
Spellbinding and hallucinogenic, The Beach by Alex Garland -- both a national bestseller and his debut -- is a highly accomplished and suspenseful novel that fixates on a generation in their twenties, who, burdened with the legacy of the preceding generation and saturated by popular culture, long for an unruined landscape, but find it difficult to experience the world firsthand.
In less than an hour, Sean has a meeting with a mestizo gangster. On the other side of town, Rosa listens for her husband's car, and thirteen-year-old Vincente is watching for the man who pays money for street-kids' dreams. Tonight, these disparate lives will violently collide . . .
Alex Garland's first screenplay is a terrifying page-turner brought vividly to the screen by director Danny Boyle. A virus that locks those infected into a permanent state of killing rage is accidentally released from a British research facility.
The Future, America is a irradiated wasteland where, on its East Coast, lies Mega City - one vast, violent metropolis whose citizens live in perpetual fear. Imposing order on this urban chaos are the Judges - judge, jury and executioners rolled into one. Foremost among them is Dredd who is given a mission to road-rest a rookie Judge - the powerful psychic Cassandra Anderson.In the course of this training day, the two Judges head for a seemingly routine homicide in the notorious Peach Trees mega-block - a 200-story vertical slum run by the pitiless Ma-Ma clan.When the judges attempt to arrest one of Ma-Ma's chief henchmen, Ma-Ma shuts down the entire building and orders her clan to hunt the Judges down. The Judges are now caught in a vicious and relentless fight for survival.
The classic story of paradise found - and lost. Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life. What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams. But how long can paradise survive here on Earth? And what lengths will Richard go to in order to save it?
An intricately woven, suspenseful novel of psychological and political intrigue, The Tesseract follows the interlocking fates of three sets of characters in the Philippines: gangsters in a chase through the streets of Manila; a middle-class mother putting her children to bed in the suburbs and remembering her first love; and a couple of street kids and the wealthy psychiatrist who is studying their dreams. Alex Garland demonstrates the range of his extraordinary talents as a novelist in this national bestseller, a Chinese puzzle of a novel about three intersecting sets of characters in the Philippines.
Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. EX MACHINA is an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle. It explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.