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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

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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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 13th May 2010

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781444711226

Reviews

Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful.
<i>Sunday Times</i>
'Luminously beautiful'
<i> The Times </i>
Confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive.
Dave Eggers, <i>New York Times Book Review</i>
Brilliant.
<i>The Times</i>
Lose yourself in a world of incredible scope, originality and imaginative brilliance.
Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday
'Mitchell is just about the best writer operating in Britain today...a novel that, like each of its predecessors, sticks in the back of your head for weeks after you've finished it.'
<i> Arena </i>
A novel which actually deserves the accolade "tour de force".
Kamila Shamsie, Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
'David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good...BLACK SWAN GREEN is just gorgeous.'
<i> Daily Mail </i>
'A delight to read from beginning to end'
<i> Sunday Express </i>
The most impressive fictional mind of his generation.
<i>Observer</i>
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