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Il grande contagio

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Nel 1963, all'epoca della prima edizione di questo grande romanzo, Carlo Fruttero scriveva: "Dall'Inghilterra ci viene un'altra di quelle magistrali e paurose cronache dove tutto è quotidiano, riconoscibile, 'vero'; e dove a un tratto entra in scena un elemento imprevisto che sconvolge la società, getta nell'anarchia la nostra vita ben ordinata, riduce gli uomini a bestie ...more
Paperback, Urania Collezione #072, 306 pages
Published January 2009 by Mondadori (first published 1962)
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Sam
While there are a lot of aspects to this book that are somewhat out of date (hardly surprising as it was written in the mid 60s), there is still a lot that is relevant today from the global effects of an easily spread and fast acting virus to the total media blackout and breakdown of civilisation that results (subjects of many recent books, films and t.v. series). Maine writes with a fluidity and flare that grabs you from the outset and keeps you engrossed from start to finish (and what a finish ...more
Keybo Taheri
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me explain the themes involved in this novel. Modern Day Plague, Journalists, Censorship, Government Authority turned tyranny, an alcoholic protagonist, Scientists, Mass Death, Revolution, Romance, Dystopian Wasteland. How the author managed to fit so many themes and social issues into this novel was impressive. I read this book under the title "The Big Death" by Sphere Books. I was intrigued and hoped it would be an entertaining novel. The novel had me gripped from the start. The scientific ...more
Andy Phillips
This is a fairly typical end-of-the-world scenario where a plague kills a significant portion of the world's population. It's unusual in that only half of all people are susceptible depending on whether they catch the deadly strain on the equally likely harmless strain first. Of course, the following chaos accounts for a good proportion of the people that survive the initial plague.

The story centres around a married couple who are on the verge of splitting up when the first victims are reported.
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Simone Scardapane
Urania Collezione ristampa un'altra delle gemme della Fantascienza catastrofica anni '60, in cui la minaccia è rappresentata da un misterioso virus che ha già mietuto milioni di vittime in Cina e Giappone ed ora minaccia di contagiare anche il resto del pianeta. Ma, come sempre accade in questo genere letterario, la catastrofe è solo il preludio o, meglio, l'ingranaggio che mette in moto tutte le peggiori (e le migliori) caratteristiche della razza umana: speranze, viltà, sogni, rivoluzioni... S ...more
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Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Uscito all'inizio degli anni 60, resta perfettamente attuale anche ai nostri giorni. Sono un po' datate le descrizione tecniche o lo stile di vita, ma nel contesto si può applicare perfettamente allo stato di allerta che viviamo in questo periodo. Un romanzo a cavallo tra la fantascienza, il bellico e il thriller, come forse solo Maine era in grado di fare.
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Charles Eric Maine (pseudonym of David McIlwain; 21 January 1921 – 30 November 1981) was an English science fiction writer whose most prominent works were published in the 1950s and 1960s. His stories were thrillers that dealt with new scientific technology

Biography

McIlwain was born in Liverpool.

He published three issues of a science fiction magazine called The Satellite which he co-edited along w
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