A brutal parable about a police state marked by the censorship of words and the tyranny of images.
In a world where words have been perverted until they’ve lost their meaning, children have taken power and have instituted silence as a law. Along with this, they have created a religion of the image, encoded in a gigantic device that endlessly emits visual stimuli. Any verbal or written communication is persecuted. In this deaf and mute reality, someone called HIM (in this fable, there are no proper names) tries to find the meaning in existence with three singular companions: a book, a monkey, and laughter.
In this novel, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón focuses on the great themes that have marked his work through the years, such as the loss of meaning in collective discourse, the death of the word, the legacy we leave to those who outlive us, and the way technology transforms us into another species of human beings. Intense, stimulating, and impeccably written, Horde is a parable that aspires to convey a moral lesson.
Option publishers: Marcos y Marcos (Italy).