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The Martian's Regress by J. O. Morgan

The Martian's Regress

J. O. Morgan

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781787332140

This is the story of what life becomes when stripped of all that makes it worth living - of what humans become when they lose their humanity.The Martian's Regress is a brilliant, provocative, often darkly comic work that explores what a fragile environment eventually makes of those who persist in tampering with it.

4 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
19 Mar 2020

"what a joy to read and re-read"

Morgan’s collection is less free-form, but he does allow for cadenzas, nursery rhymes, fables and sort-of-sonnets as the narrative progresses. It is a melancholy book in that the Martian is returning to a devastated Earth, and is homesick, for example, for two moons in the sky. What it does exceptionally well is make clear what ecological catastrophe might feel like as well as look like. 
As with Paterson, there are puzzles along the way, some of which seem inspired by Jorge Luis Borges.