It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over

It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/03/2024
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It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over
Brilliant from the get go
A beautiful and haunting read. The prose is gorgeous and pulls you right in. A unique concept with meditations from a zombie that de Marcken pulls off with... READ MORE
Jessica  de Villiers
It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over
Caught me by surprise
I’m not one for zombie stories but this is not your basic zombie story. It’s a touching story of someone who is going through her undead life trying to und... READ MORE
Deedrie at Winchester High Street


The heroine of the spare and haunting It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over is voraciously alive in the afterlife. Adrift yet keenly aware, she notes every bizarre detail of her new reality. And even if she has forgotten her name and much of what connects her to her humanity, she remembers with an implacable and nearly unbearable longing the place where she knew herself and was known—where she loved and was loved.

Traveling across the landscapes of time and of space, heading always west, and carrying a dead but laconically opinionated crow in her chest, our undead narrator encounters and loses parts of her body and her self in one terrifying, hilarious, and heartbreaking situation after another. A tale for our dispossessed times, and one of the sharpest and funniest novels of recent years, It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over plumbs mortality and how it changes everything, except possibly love.

  • Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • ISBN: 9781804270745
  • Number of pages: 132
  • Dimensions: 197 x 125 mm

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It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over
A poignant story on grief and longing
Rated 3.5 stars rounded to 3 Poetic writing as we follow the narrator on her journey through an apocalyptic world and her own grief. Literary fiction is... READ MORE
Madeline Elsinga