The Tesseract (novel)

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The Tesseract
The Tesseract Alex Garland.jpg
First edition (UK)
AuthorAlex Garland
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherViking Press (UK)
Riverhead Books (US)
Publication date
1998 (UK), 1999 (US)
Media typePrint (paperback)

The Tesseract is a novel by Alex Garland. It was initially published by Viking Press in 1998.[1][2]


The story intertwines the lives of Manila gangsters, mothers and street children. The novel chronicles numerous characters in non-linear storylines and explores themes of love, fate, violence, power, and choices. It is Garland's second novel.

The term 'tesseract' is used for the three-dimensional net of the four-dimensional hypercube rather than the hypercube itself. It is a metaphor for the characters' inability to understand the causes behind the events which shape their lives: they can only visualize the superficial world they inhabit.[citation needed]


The book was adapted into a film, The Tesseract, which changed the setting to Bangkok. It was directed by Oxide Pang and starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Saskia Reeves.


  1. ^ "The Tesseract by Alex Garland". Goodreads. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ KAKUTANI, MICHIKO (February 16, 1999). "3 Story Lines and a 4th Dimension". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 November 2016.