Zoo Time: A Novel

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First come, first served. Skip to main content. Zoo Time Novelist Guy Ableman is in thrall to his vivacious wife Vanessa, a strikingly beautiful red-head, contrary, highly strung and blazingly angry. She lives in the Johannesburg suburb of Hillbrow , which is nicknamed "Zoo City" in the novel for its large population of animalled people, refugees and the dispossessed.

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The book's plot focuses on Zinzi's attempts to find the missing female member of a brother-and-sister pop duo for a music producer, in return for the money she needs to fully repay her dealer. Being animalled is described in the novel as an automatic consequence — not just in South Africa, but for all humans worldwide — of bearing a significant amount of guilt.

The distinction between moral and legal culpability is unclear, as is the threshold which triggers animalling; however, being responsible for the death of another human is a definite trigger. Every animal gives its "owner" a different psychic power ; however, the owner must stay close to the animal at all times, or be subject to debilitating panic attacks, nausea, and other withdrawal symptoms.

The animals are not limited by the normal lifespans of their species, but can die by violence; should the animal die, the owner will be torn to shreds by a mysterious dark cloud called the Undertow within minutes.


Beukes began writing Zoo City after signing a two-book deal with the British publisher Angry Robot for her first novel, Moxyland , and a subsequent book. While she spent four years working on Moxyland , Zoo City took just over a year to complete. Zoo City was awarded the Arthur C.

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Clarke Award on 28 April Clarke Award. It was also long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. In November , Donovan Marsh was announced as the prospective film's director. At this time Marsh was developing a script with input from Beukes, and the film was scheduled to go into production in the second half of The book had a strong influence on the lipstick art of Sarah Britten , who stated on her art website:. Zoo City is riotous, chaotic and completely crazy and I loved the way it brought to life the animal energy that lurks just beneath the surface of the city.