THE COMA

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By: Alex Garland

A young man is brutally assaulted in an underground train while protecting a young woman from a gang of thugs. Beaten unconscious, he lies for days in a hospital bed - but appears to make a full recovery. On discharge from hospital, Carl picks up the threads of his daily life, visiting friends, seeing his girlfriend - until he starts to notice strange leaps in his perception of time, distortions in his experience.

Is he truly reacting to the outside world, or might he be terribly mistaken? So begins a dark psychological drama that raises profound questions about the boundary between the real and the imagined. This mysterious and unsettling tale is illustrated by 40 woodcuts created by the author's father, the eminent cartoonist Nicholas Garland.