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By the author of Rosemary’s Baby, a horrifying journey into a future only Ira Levin could imagine
Considered one of the great dystopian novels—alongside Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World—Ira Levin’s frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even forty years after publication. The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “The Family.” The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp’s will—men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night. With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Ira Levin’s most haunting novels.

ABOUT Ira Levin

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, The Stepford Wives, This Perfect Day, Silver, and A Kiss Before Dying (for which he won the Edgar Award). All of his novels were international bestsellers, including Rosemary’s Baby and Son of Rosemary, selling tens of millions of copies around the world. A number of famous Hollywood movies were adapted from his books, and his play Deathtrap was the longest running comic thriller in the history of Broadway. Ira Levin died in 2007.

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