Cloud Atlas: A Novel

By David Mitchell

By the New York occasions bestselling writer of The Bone Clocks | Shortlisted for the guy Booker Prize

A postmodern visionary and one of many major voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out event, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a prepared eye for personality, and a flavor for mind-bending, philosophical and clinical hypothesis within the culture of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip ok. Dick. the result's brilliantly unique fiction as profound because it is playful. during this groundbreaking novel, an influential favourite between a brand new iteration of writers, Mitchell explores with bold artistry basic questions of truth and identity.

Cloud Atlas starts in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his domestic in California. alongside the way in which, Ewing is befriended through a doctor, Dr. Goose, who starts to regard him for a unprecedented species of mind parasite. . . . without warning, the motion jumps to Belgium in 1931, the place Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his manner into the loved ones of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling spouse and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we leap to the West Coast within the Seventies and a afflicted reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon an online of company greed and homicide that threatens to assert her lifestyles. . . . And onward, with amazing virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the close to destiny the place neocapitalism has run amok; and, eventually, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii within the final days of history.

But the tale doesn’t finish even there. The narrative then boomerangs again via centuries and area, returning by way of an analogous course, in opposite, to its place to begin. alongside the way in which, Mitchell unearths how his disparate characters attach, how their fates intertwine, and the way their souls go with the flow throughout time like clouds around the sky.

As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable journey de strength that, like its incomparable writer, has transcended its cult vintage prestige to develop into a world phenomenon.

Praise for Cloud Atlas
 
“[David] Mitchell is, in actual fact, a genius. He writes as if on the helm of a few perpetual dream desktop, can obviously do whatever, and his ambition is written in magma throughout this novel’s each page.”The ny instances publication Review
 
“One of these how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? sleek classics that without doubt is—and should still be—read by way of any pupil of up to date literature.”—Dave Eggers
 
“Wildly wonderful . . . a head rush, either action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”People
 
“The novel as sequence of nested dolls or chinese language packing containers, a puzzle-book, and yet—not simply remarkable, a laugh, or smart yet heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve by no means learn whatever rather love it, and I’m thankful to have lived, for it slow, in all its many worlds.”—Michael Chabon
 
Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] well-known on either side of the Atlantic as a author whose fearlessness is matched through his talent.”The Washington submit booklet World
 
“Thrilling . . . one of many largest joys in Cloud Atlas is gazing Mitchell sashay from style to style with out a hitch in his dance step.”Boston Sunday Globe
 
“Grand and intricate . . . [Mitchell] creates an international and language straight away overseas and weird, but strikingly conventional and intimate.”Los Angeles Times

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