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Description - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

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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ISBN: 9780340921579
ISBN-10: 0340921579
Format: Paperback / softback
(233mm x 156mm x 35mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Sceptre
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 13-May-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Mitchell

David Mitchell's first novel, GHOSTWRITTEN, was awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, NUMBER9DREAM, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and his third novel, CLOUD ATLAS, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize and won the British Book Awards Best Literary Fiction and South Bank Show Literature Prize. His previous novel, BLACK SWAN GREEN, was published in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award. Born in 1969, he grew up in Worcestershire, and now lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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