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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel [Paperback]

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Author Author : Mitchell, David
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0812976363
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780812976366
Publisher Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages Pages : 512
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100134851

By theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Bone ClocksandCloud Atlas| Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

In 2007,Timemagazine named him one of the most influential novelists in the world. He has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.The New York Times Book Reviewcalled him simply “a genius.” Now David Mitchell lends fresh credence toThe Guardian’s claim that “each of his books seems entirely different from that which preceded it.”The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoetis a stunning departure for this brilliant, restless, and wildly ambitious author, a giant leap forward by even his own high standards. A bold and epic novel of a rarely visited point in history, it is a work as exquisitely rendered as it is irresistibly readable.

The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the “high-walled, fan-shaped artificial island” that is the Japanese Empire’s single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay; the farthest outpost of the war-ravaged Dutch East Indies Company; and a de facto prison for the dozen foreigners permitted to live and work there. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, costly courtesans, earthquakes, and typhoons comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancée back in Holland.

But Jacob’s original intentions are eclipsed after a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor and midwife to the city’s powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken. The consequences will extend beyond Jacob’s worst imaginings. As one cynical colleague asks, “Who ain’t a gamlS8

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