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David Mitchell - Ghostwritten (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Synopsis

Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

Ghostwritten is the first novel published by English author David Mitchell. Published in 1999, it won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was widely acclaimed. The story takes place mainly around East Asia, but also moves through Russia, Britain, the USA and Ireland.

A gallery attendant at the Hermitage. A young jazz buff in Tokyo. A crooked British lawyer in Hong Kong. A disc jockey in Manhattan. A physicist in Ireland. An elderly woman running a tea shack in rural China. A cult-controlled terrorist in Okinawa. A musician in London. A transmigrating spirit in Mongolia.

What is the common thread of coincidence or destiny that connects the lives of these nine souls in nine far-flung countries, stretching across the globe from east to west? What pattern do their linked fates form through time and space?

A writer of pyrotechnic virtuosity and profound compassion, a mind to which nothing human is alien, David Mitchell spins genres, cultures, and ideas like gossamer threads around and through these nine linked stories. Many forces bind these lives, but at root all involve the same universal longing for connection and transcendence, an axis of commonality that leads in two directions - to creation and to destruction.

In the end, as lives converge with a fearful symmetry, Ghostwritten comes full circle, to a point at which a familiar idea - that whether the planet is vast or small is merely a matter of perspective - strikes home with the force of a new revelation.

It marks the debut novel of a writer with astonishing gifts.

Details
  • Format : Thicker 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good (Spine creases & obviously read but solid & complete)
  • Category : Fiction - Fantasy
  • Published : 1999 (This Edition 2014 - Sceptre)
  • ISBN : 9780340739754
  • SKU : B002428
  • PPC : SP400
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"This book blew my mind. This book also ripped out my heart and stomped on it and then stuffed the battered organ back in my chest cavity, breathed feathery soft on it and set it pumping again. It was that good, that moving, that inspiring."

"Reading this book, you will never think it's a first novel; Mitchell's mastery of the written word is so consummate. The prose flows, one word after another, forming sentences, paragraphs and chapters in natural progression. The skill of the author is evident in the fact that he himself is invisible - the story seems to write itself, thus justifying the title of the novel in a fashion." - Goodreads Reviews.

"Fabulously atmospheric and wryly perceptive . . . a huge new talent." - Books of the Year, The Guardian.

The Author

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, Ghostwritten and The Bone Clocks.

Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2007. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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