Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 04/05/2023
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Bookseller Reviews

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A future no one wants to experience
Skilful consideration of of life post a nuclear attack. A group of people who hoped to avoid the results of the event by buying their security discover th... READ MORE
Termush is watching you.
"Termush" by Sven Holm takes you on a gripping journey through a post-apocalyptic world. Set in a luxury coastal resort where survival is key, the story fo... READ MORE
José Antonio García Sagardoy
Termush reads like a claustrophobic lucid dream
A post-apocalyptic hotel for privileged survivors where the guests are increasingly controlled and muted by the management who attempt to keep a lid on thi... READ MORE
A chilling, compulsive, and timeless classic.
A dark, prophetic, and gripping portrait of what it means to exist and shelter in the wake of apocalyptic catastrophe. A chilling, compulsive, and timeless... READ MORE
Zach at Douglas
Hotel Post-Apocalypse
Sven Holm's 1950s post-nuclear war story is a fascinating take on the genre, in some ways. Termush is a hotel resort for living through the apocalypse, com... READ MORE
D Franklin (Glasgow Sauchiehall St)
A sparing reflection from a nuclear wasteland
A growing Orwellian claustrophobia builds throughout ‘Termush’, made all the more overwhelming as we watch a post-apocalyptic world unravelling through the... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller


Welcome to the post-apocalyptic White Lotus: a luxury hotel at the end of the world in this lost 1967 dystopia...

The day we came up from the shelters four people were found dead on the steps of the hotel.

Welcome to Termush: a luxury coastal resort like no other. All the wealthy guests are survivors: preppers who reserved rooms long before the Disaster. Inside, they embrace exclusive radiation shelters, ambient music and lavish provisions; outside, radioactive dust falls on the sculpture park, security men step over dead birds, and a reconnaissance party embarks. Despite weathering a nuclear apocalypse, their problems are only just beginning.

Soon, the Management begins censoring news; disruptive guests are sedated; initial generosity towards Strangers ceases as fears of contamination and limited resources grow. But as the numbers - and desperation - of external survivors increase, they must decide what it means to forge a new moral code at the end (or beginning?) of the world...

Translated by Sylvia Clayton.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571379156
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 135g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 15 mm

Customer Reviews

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I had so many hopes for this short little novel before I started it and I just found it so disappointing. Reminded a lot of Catcher in the Rye as the narra... READ MORE
Not greatly impressive.
It's an interesting enough premise: a nuclear disaster of one form or another has left most of the land uninhabitable, but some people have insured against... READ MORE
Andrew Hammond