`A distinctly post-Brexit novel, [ Arkady ] is set in an unnamed city that both is and isn't London, thick with the atmosphere of the riots of 2011, and the stricken, devastated aura of the days after the Grenfell fire. It is oblique, and bleak: it is never quite clear what has happened or is happening, what is it about our world that has finally broken or overflowed. ... But there is always a flutter of hope in the dark, and in Arkady it dwells in the unshakeable brotherly love between the novel's two heroes, Jackson and Frank [whose] relationship is so beautifully etched ... Arkady suggests that we'll build our own arcadias out of the dreams that haunt us, both threatening and protective.' - Lauren Elkin, The Guardian
Brothers Jackson and Frank live on the margins of a big urban sprawl. From abandoned tower blocks to gleaming skyscrapers, their city is brutal, beautiful and divided. As tensions bubble to the surface and the teeming metropolis is pushed to the brink, the young brothers sail off in search of the Red Citadel and its promise of another way of life. A portrait of modern urban living, Patrick Langley's debut Arkady is a brilliant coming-of-age novel as brimming with vitality as the city itself.
Patrick Langley is a writer who lives in London. He writes about art for FRIEZE, ART AGENDA and other publications. He is a contributing editor at THE WHITE REVIEW. ARKADY is his first novel.