Mage of Fools (Paperback)

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In the dystopian world of Mafinga, Jasmin must contend with a dictator’s sorcerer to cleanse the socialist state of its deadly pollution.

Mafinga's malevolent king dislikes books and, together with his sorcerer Atari, has collapsed the environment to almost uninhabitable. The sun has killed all the able men, including Jasmin’s husband Godi.

But Jasmin has Godi’s secret story machine that tells of a better world, far different from the wastelands of Mafinga. Jasmin’s crime for possessing the machine and its forbidden literature filled with subversive text is punishable by death.

Fate grants a cruel reprieve in the service of a childless queen who claims Jasmin’s children as her own. Jasmin is powerless—until she discovers secrets behind the king and his sorcerer.

About the Author

Eugen Bacon is African Australian, a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She’s the author of Claiming T-Mo (Meerkat Press), Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories (Meerkat Press), Ivory’s Story (NewCon Press), and Writing Speculative Fiction (Macmillan). Her work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted, or commended in national and international awards, including the BSFA Awards, Foreword Book of the Year Awards, Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Australian Shadows Awards, Ditmar Awards, and Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans.

Praise For…

"Eugen Bacon’s unique vision, Mage of Fools, is a wonderfully imagined dystopia; a techno/folklore blend with a resourceful mother at its heart"  —Jeffrey Ford, multi-award winning author

"Armed with her all-conquering sword for carving unforgettable, lyrical and magical prose, Dr. Eugen Bacon has, yet again, delivered in her latest book, Mage of Fools ... A brilliant and powerful work of mind-blowing dystopian novel."  —Nuzo Onoh, Queen of African Horror

"Mage of Fools' enchanting imagery and worldbuilding is richly woven in dark, delicious prose. This beautiful story reads like a dream trapped in a dystopian world with the texture of a fairytale. A poignant tale that has its characters dancing to its song with spirit, strength and some humour. I drank every achingly beautiful word."  —Tlotlo Tsamaase, author, The Silence of the Wilting Skin, Nommo Award finalist and Lambda Literary Award finalist

"A brutal dystopia elegantly conceived with elements befitting legends and horror. A gritty world of politics versus community, the whole versus the individual. Bacon summons an African future where words and stories, folktales and memories, can subvert outside forces seeking to control the mind wanting to break free."  —Stephen Embleton, James Currey Fellow for African Literature, Nommo-nominated author of Soul Searching

Mage of Fools’ lush narrative, vivid characterization and expertly constructed world help signify why Eugen Bacon is one of the most talented writers working in speculative fiction today.”  —Professor John Jennings, NYTimes bestselling author, and graphic novelist, Hugo Award winner for Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

“Bacon’s sentences are ceaselessly reaching with a boldness that would have made Angela Carter proud. Her stories are restless and relentless. Mage of Fools is a clarion tale that examines the dangers of knowledge and, even worse, the withholding of it.”  —Angela Slatter, award-winning author of All the Murmuring Bones

“Lush prose twists and entrances, bringing Jasmin’s harsh, regimented world to life. . . . Knowing in advance how Jasmin’s efforts end in no way affects the story’s power to surprise, horrify, and enlighten. Stories, after all, are more than their conclusions: it is the messages taken from them, and the actions that they inspire, that truly matter. Mage of Fools is a dystopian novel in which truth is the people’s most potent weapon—if they choose to wield it.”  —Foreword Reviews

 “Gorgeously told . . . Through poetic, fast-paced narration, Bacon draws readers into her dangerous and exciting world to showcase the power of stories, art, and individualism.”  —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781946154842
ISBN-10: 1946154849
Publisher: Meerkat Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English

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