David Mitchell

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Cloud Atlas

British Book Award Winner 2004 book
Fiction
UK Sceptre
US Random House
2004
'Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies ...'

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagans California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each others echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

In his extraordinary third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanitys dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
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Reviews


For a novelist on only his third book and in his mid-30s, an astoundingly accomplished performance. Stuart Jeffries
The Guardian


His great feat is the variation in rhythms, which sweeps away any readerly objection to yet another brave new world. AS Byatt
The Guardian
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David Mitchell is a master of fragmentary fictions. Hephzibah Anderson
The Observer
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So let it be said that Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. Tom Bissell
The New York Times
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