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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Digital (On physical carrier) / ISBN-13: 9781444708059

Price: £16.16

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In your hands is a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart.

Step onto the streets of Dejima and mingle with scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines as two cultures converge. In a tale of integrity and corruption, passion and power, the key is control – of riches and minds, and over death itself.

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Compared with almost everything being written now, it is vertiginously ambitious - and brilliant
The Times
A world of stories in prose that brings a lump to the throat . . . David Mitchell has done it again
Independent on Sunday
Arguably his finest . . . It will doubtless earn Mitchell his fourth Man Booker nomination and, if there's any justice, his first win.
Sunday Telegraph
However densely charted and richly sketched, this sumptuous imbroglio never drags . . . Mitchell flexes his prose virtuosity. More than before, those muscles do the heart's work.
Moving, thoughtful and unexpectedly funny
Observer, Books of the Year
Hugely enjoyable . . . the descriptions of Dejima and what life there must have been like are extraordinarily accurate
Literary Review
A masterpiece
David Mitchell is back with a bang . . . superb
Irish Independent
Ambitious and fascinating . . . Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money.
Kirkus Reviews
Independent Books of the Year