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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.
as if a bucket was always kept there in event of acid attack. He walked over, calm and unrushed, but with an air of pragmatic concentration. Sonny might have imagined that he was a doctor approaching with a briefcase. In this way, the young man made Sonny think of his wife. He made Sonny feel as if he didn’t exist. He squatted down beside Raphael, and Sonny was excluded. First relegated to position of watcher, then erased. Cupping water from the bucket, pouring it over the baby, using the pads
can tell you right now…’ Totoy’s eyes widened at the prospect of such terrible carnage. ‘I don’t.’ 2 ‘You little bastards! Sons of fucking whores! Get back here, you little…’ ‘Your family ma—’ Totoy panted, limbs pumping furiously, fists balled, chin and chest jutting out. A few moments later he attempted the sentence a second time. ‘Your family man has some temper on him.’ ‘Yep,’ Vincente agreed. His longer legs meant that he didn’t find the sprint pace such an effort. ‘He’s pretty
me that, if anyone, the guy was like my father.’ ‘Uh-huh. Can you tell me why?’ ‘They both died the same way.’ ‘If your father died, Cente.’ ‘He died, and he died like that. I think he must have been in a stick-up. He got chased, and same as the running man, he didn’t know what to do. So he got caught. That’s how I see him dying.’ ‘Hmm.’ ‘Do you think he died that way too?’ ‘… That’s a tough question. I think that, from what I know about your life, it is possible that your father is dead.
before he erupted back up again in a spray of thick liquid, his howl inaudible to the boys through the pounding bloodstream in their ears. Then he was out of the sewer, and gone. The two men in suits tore past a few moments later. 2 The ’cano who had fallen into the sewer was finished. His size and his automatic pistol weren’t going to do him any good. He was going to be caught by the two men in suits and they were going to shoot him dead – this was his destiny, however you cut it. There
alarm. ‘God!’ he exclaimed, as if his faith had been punched out of his body. Totoy looked back over his shoulder and Vincente didn’t. Author’s Note Some definitions of a tesseract describe it as a hypercube unravelled, and others define it as the hypercube itself. I chose the version used here only because I happened to prefer it. Similar liberties have been taken with everything presented as fact in this novel.