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Publisher's Summary

“Relentlessly thrilling...an orgy of the unpredictable.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Like Thomas Pynchon taking on late capitalism...surrealistic, granular in its details, and concerned with social entropy and desperate attempts at communion.” (Wall Street Journal)

From a major new international voice, mesmerizing, inventive fiction that probes the tender places where human longings push through the cracks of a breaking world.

Under Cancún’s hard blue sky, a beach boy provides a canvas for tourists’ desires, seeing deep into the world’s underbelly. An enigmatic encounter in Copenhagen takes an IT consultant down a rabbit hole of speculation that proves more seductive than sex. The collapse of a love triangle in London leads to a dangerous, hypnotic addiction. In the Nevada desert, a grieving man tries to merge with an unearthly machine.

After the Sun opens portals to our newest realities, haunting the margins of a globalized world that’s both saturated with yearning and brutally transactional. Infused with an irrepressible urgency, Eika’s fiction seems to have conjured these far-flung characters and their encounters in a single breath. Juxtaposing startling beauty with grotesquery, balancing the hyperrealistic with the fantastical - “as though the worlds he describes are being viewed through an ultraviolet filter,” in one Danish reviewer's words - he has invented new modes of storytelling for an era when the old ones no longer suffice.

©2021 Jonas Eika (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Relentlessly thrilling. . . . the sentences in these stories stretch past the limits of the ordinary to the luridly extraordinary, and some moments feel as if they are breaking through to the sublime. . . . an orgy of the unpredictable.” The New York Times

“Searingly beautiful. . . breathtaking in the truest sense. . . . [Eika’s] understanding of the alienation felt deep at the heart of so many, and the abstracted and byzantine nature of the systems undergirding our detached lives is unparalleled. But most of all. . . he’s able to realize the joy to be found, however fleetingly, in our shattered world.”Chicago Review of Books

“Bewitching . . .[and] scarily intimate. . . .What radiates from Eika’s gritty magical realism is ambient but potent: a grief so profound that it transfigures, a loneliness so abject that it fractures perception. . . . Dreamy, febrile and thoroughly twisted, After the Sun is . . . a bold debut from an author who understands the generative capacity of fiction.” —Seattle Times

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Awful!

I tried to finish it but I couldn’t. Maybe the the story got lost in translation!!!