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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349139272

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‘A book that makes you look at the world around you in a different light… properly thrilling’ Independent on Sunday

Imagine a world that is one of infinite parallel worlds, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, in the shadow of suicide terrorism and financial collapse. Presiding over this world is the Concern, an all-powerful organisation whose operatives possess extraordinary powers. There is Temudjin Oh, an unkillable assassin who journeys from the high passes of Nepal to a version of Victorian London or a wintry Venice; Adrian Cubbish, restlessly greedy City trader; and the Philosopher, a state-sponsored torturer who moves between the time zones with sinister ease. Transition is a high-definition, hyper-real apocalyptic fable for terrible times.

Praise for Iain Banks:

‘The most imaginative novelist of his generation’ The Times

‘His verve and talent will always be recognised, and his work will always find and enthral new readers’ Ken MacLeod, Guardian

‘His work was mordant, surreal, and fiercely intelligent’ Neil Gaiman

‘An exceptional wordsmith’ Scotsman


Wildly imaginative... A corker of a thriller, a classic good versus bad tale, and one which the author uses to tackle some seriously big moral and philosophical issues - but always in his typically light-handed and darkly humorous fashion... A book that makes you think, one that makes you look at the world around you in a different light, and it's also a properly thrilling read
Independent on Sunday
One of Iain Banks's most imaginative and compelling novels yet
A labyrinthine tale of great conception and craft... A memorable array of characters... Transition is awash with energy and dark wit
Sunday Business Post
Baroque, digressive, kinetic, teeming with big ideas and grand theories, it's a novel to get lost in... gripping
The Times
Transition is Banks at his exuberant, flamboyant, head-spinning best
Financial Times
Brilliantly compulsive
Big Issue
Iain Banks is gifted with wonderful fluency and dizzying imaginative flair
Daily Mail
An engrossing, futuristic fable with plenty to say about the here and now
A highly readable and engrossing sci-fi thriller
Sunday Herald