Quarantine (Crace novel)

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First edition cover
Author Jim Crace
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Penguin Putnam
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 242 pp
ISBN 0-670-85697-5
OCLC 37420821

Quarantine is a novel by Jim Crace. It was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction the same year.

Plot summary[edit]

Set in the Judean desert, 2000 years ago. It features 7 main characters:

  • Musa: a greedy trader, believed by the Galilean to be a manifestation of Satan
  • Miri: Musa's pregnant wife
  • Marta: fasting between dawn and dusk in an attempt to turn her barren womb fertile
  • Shim: a young traveller
  • Aphas: fasting between dawn and dusk in an attempt to remove the cancer from his abdomen
  • Badu: believed to be deaf and mute; good at catching animals
  • The Galilean/Gally/Jesus: aiming to fast for 40 days and nights with divine help; plagued by religious/spiritual hallucinations/visions.