Six lives. One amazing adventure.
'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.
About the Author
David Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten, was awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2003, his third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize and won the British Book Awards Best Literary Fiction and South Bank Show Literature Prize. His previous novel, Black Swan Green, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award.
It knits together science fiction, political thriller and historical pastiche with musical virtuosity and linguistic exuberance: there won't be a bigger, bolder novel this year. - Guardian
An impeccable dance of genres . . . an elegiac, radiant festival of prescience, meditation and entertainment. - The Times
Impeccably structured novel of ideas in many voices by a talent to watch. - Literary Editor's Best Books, Observer
The best novel of the year so far . . . a thrilling ride of a story - Observer