By David Mitchell
By the New York instances bestselling writer of The Bone Clocks | Shortlisted for the guy Booker Prize
A postmodern visionary and one of many top voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out event, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a prepared eye for personality, and a style for mind-bending, philosophical and medical hypothesis within the culture of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip okay. 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 fact and identity.
Cloud Atlas starts off 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 by means of a doctor, Dr. Goose, who starts to regard him for an extraordinary species of mind parasite. . . . unexpectedly, the motion jumps to Belgium in 1931, the place Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his manner into the family 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 internet of company greed and homicide that threatens to assert her existence. . . . And onward, with astonishing virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the close to destiny the place neocapitalism has run amok; and, ultimately, 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 house, returning via an analogous path, in opposite, to its start line. alongside the best way, Mitchell unearths how his disparate characters attach, how their fates intertwine, and the way their souls flow throughout time like clouds around the sky.
As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable travel de strength that, like its incomparable writer, has transcended its cult vintage prestige to turn into a global phenomenon.
Praise for Cloud Atlas
“[David] Mitchell is, sincerely, a genius. He writes as if on the helm of a few perpetual dream laptop, can obviously do something, and his ambition is written in magma throughout this novel’s each page.”—The manhattan instances ebook Review
“One of these how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? smooth classics that doubtless is—and should still be—read through any pupil of up to date literature.”—Dave Eggers
“Wildly exciting . . . a head rush, either action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”—People
“The novel as sequence of nested dolls or chinese language bins, a puzzle-book, and yet—not simply incredible, a laugh, or smart yet heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve by no means learn something particularly 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] recognized on either side of the Atlantic as a author whose fearlessness is matched through his talent.”—The Washington publish ebook World
“Thrilling . . . one of many greatest joys in Cloud Atlas is gazing Mitchell sashay from style to style with no hitch in his dance step.”—Boston Sunday Globe
“Grand and difficult . . . [Mitchell] creates an international and language instantly international and weird, but strikingly primary and intimate.”—Los Angeles Times
From the Hardcover edition.