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In a North American city in the not too distant future, a great economic summit is getting under way and Nuovo Kahid is the journalist assigned to cover it. When the economy goes well, they say, everything goes well. But Villanueva is a city physically divided into haves and have-nots. The pornopros are disappearing, the old gumclackers teeth are on edge and the authorities are showing the city’s disenfranchised no mercy. The city is falling into ruin. And to add insult to injury, a meteor is heading straight for the Earth. What more is needed to tell us that the end of the world as we know it is nigh? Kahid, mourning the loss of the beautiful A***, fills his days smoking lungspitters and getting drunk on brainade, trying to remember the details of one fateful night before it’s all too late.

"More than just a dark futuristic novel, ZIPPO sits at the rarely visited border between the detective story and science fiction. Here is a striking testimonial on the stormy beginning of our new century. The elliptic, well-worked, stylized and poetic writing quickly wins us over, regardless of syntactic conventions: the sentence is often severed from its subject and syncopated as if it was the very reflection of this tattered, tense universe." —Solaris
"A work as frightening as it is fascinating. No reader can be left indifferent." —Le Libraire

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