The Method by Juli Zeh

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...The Method is a sort of hyperintellectualised Hans Fallada novel, pitiless in its compassion for people who find themselves compromised by the system...
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Mia Holl lives in a state governed by The Method, where good health is the highest duty of the citizen. Everyone must submit medical data and sleep records to the authorities on a monthly basis, and regular exercise is mandatory. Mia is young and beautiful, a successful scientist who is outwardly obedient but with an intellect that marks her as subversive. Convinced that her brother has been wrongfully convicted of a terrible crime, Mia comes up against the full force of a regime determined to control every aspect of its citizens' lives. The "Method", set in the middle of the twenty-first century, deals with pressing questions: to what extent can the state curtail the rights of the individual? And does the individual have a right to resist? Juli Zeh has written a thrilling and visionary book about our future, and our present.
 

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Juli Zeh was born in 1974 and lives in Brandenburg. She studied International Law, worked with the UN in New York, and completed her studies in Creative Writing. Juli Zeh has won numerous awards, including the international Per Olov Enquist Award and the French Prix C vennes for Best European Novel. Her work has been translated into thirty languages.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by Harvill Secker. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Simon Ings on Apr 06 2012

...The Method is a sort of hyperintellectualised Hans Fallada novel, pitiless in its compassion for people who find themselves compromised by the system...

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