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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Winner Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for South Asia and Europe 2011
book | Fiction | 2010
UK → Sceptre (Ed. Carole Welch)
US → Random House (Ed. David Ebershoff)

Debuted at number one on The Sunday Times hardback bestseller list after one week on sale.

Imagine an empire that has shut out the world for a century and a half. No one can leave, foreigners are excluded, their religions banned and their ideas deeply mistrusted. Yet a narrow window onto this nation-fortress still exists: an artificial walled island connected to a mainland port, and manned by a handful of European traders. And locked as the land-gate may be, 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 Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, a dark adventure of duplicity, love, guilt, faith and murder is about to begin – and all the while, unbeknownst to him and his feuding compatriots, the axis of global power is turning...

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Reviews

A coruscating narrative of style and wit Katy Guest
The Independent

These few hundred words can only hint at the complexity and eloquence of this novel. It will doubtless earn Mitchell his fourth Man Booker nomination and, if there’s any justice, his first win Holly Kyte
The Telegraph

It brims with rich, involving and affecting humanity. Peter Kemp
The Sunday Times Culture
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He is one of the most brilliant writers to emerge in the last ten years or so. Salman Rushdie
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Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful... a narrative of panoramic span... Peter Kemp
Sunday Times
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Empire of Desire
it offers innumerable rewards for the patient reader and confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive Dave Eggers
The New York Times
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I doubt there is another living English writer who is capable of such traversals of worlds and consciousness Alexander Linklater
The Observer
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