The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
By David Mitchell
The electrifying new novel by 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' - Boyd Tonkin, Independent.
The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller, from the author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010
Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, crushing all vestiges of Christianity, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas. The narrow window onto this nation-fortress is a walled, artificial island attached to the mainland port and manned by a handful of traders. Locked as the land-gate may be, however, it cannot prevent the meeting of minds - or hearts.
The nation was Japan, the port was Nagasaki and the island was Dejima, to where David Mitchell's panoramic novel transports us in the year 1799. For one young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, a strage adventure of duplicity, love, guilt, faith and murder is about to begin - and all the while, unbeknownst to the men confined on Dejima, the axis of global power is turning...
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13 May 2010
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Hodder & Stoughton
Confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive. — Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review
Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful. — Sunday Times
The most impressive fictional mind of his generation. — Observer
A novel which actually deserves the accolade "tour de force". — Kamila Shamsie, Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
Lose yourself in a world of incredible scope, originality and imaginative brilliance. — Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday
Brilliant. — The Times