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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

**Pre-order UTOPIA AVENUE, the spectacular new novel from David Mitchell.**


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

Praise for
BLACK SWAN GREEN
'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>
'Luminously beautiful'
<i> The Times </i>
'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>
Lose yourself in a world of incredible scope, originality and imaginative brilliance.
Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday
A novel which actually deserves the accolade "tour de force".
Kamila Shamsie, Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful.
<i>Sunday Times</i>
The most impressive fictional mind of his generation.
<i>Observer</i>
Confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive.
Dave Eggers, <i>New York Times Book Review</i>
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.
Independent
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
Scotsman
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
Pitch-perfect
Independent Books of the Year