Out of Africa comes a dead man walking upon the water – a portent of the political adventures into whichj Knowle Noland, ex-convict, ex-traveller and captain of the 80,000-ton freighter Trieste Star, is about to tumble headlong.
Choked, disease-ridden towns, robots and prison gangs tending the bare, poison drenched countryside are all characteristic of Knowle’s world; only in Africa is the soil still fertile and the people still relatively vital. On the coast of Africa, near Walvis Bay, Knowle runs his freighter aground; and there he meets Justine and the destructive destiny that purges him of guilt and frees him from hallucination.
Earthworks is a bleak and hallucinatory vision of Malthusian over-population, enlarged from the novella Skeleton Crew, where criminals are condemned to work on the polluted land. Knowle Noland decides in the end that to precipitate world war might be a way of starting over again: more a sixties solution than an eighties one.
FIRST EDITION: Faber & Faber, 1965
|1.||Faber & Faber, London, 1965||Hardcover|
|2.||Doubleday, New York, 1966||Hardcover|
|3.||Four Square Books, London, 1967 – reprinted 1967, 1972, 1973, 1974||Paperback|
|4.||Signet Books, New York, 1967||Paperback|
|5.||as: Aarde-Werk, Meulenhoff, Amsterdam, 1969||Paperback|
|6.||as: Tod im Staub, Lichtenberg, München, 1970||Paperback|
|7.||Hayakawa Sbobo, Tokyo: 1972 – reprinted 1980||Paperback|
|8.||as: Un Mundo Devastado, Edhasa, Barcelona, 1978 – reprinted 1989||Paperback|
|9.||Panther, London, 1979 – reprinted 1980, 1981, 1984||Paperback|
|10.||as: Terrassement, Librairie des Cbamps-Elysdes, Paris, 1979||Paperback|
|11.||Avon, New York, 1980||Paperback|
|12.||as: Tod im Staub, Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, München, 1983||Paperback|
|13.||in: Four of the Best, a boxed set (with Greybeard, Hothouseand The Dark Light Years). Panther, London, 1984||Paperback|
|14.||Metbuen, London, 1988||Paperback|
|15.||House of Stratus, London, 2001||Paperback|