Ghostwritten

Paperback | April 20, 2000

byDavid Mitchell

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An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas-attack on a rush-hour metro, but what connects him to a jazz-buff in Tokyo? A Mongolian gangster, a redundant English spy in Petersburg with a knack for forging masterpieces, a despondent "zookeeper", a nuclear scientist, a ghostwriter, a ghost, and a late night New York DJ whose hard-boiled scepticism has been his undoing all also have stories to tell. Add to this saxophones and causality, Buddha, cherry blossoms, island cities, a mind unhooked from memory, the Trans Siberian express, hidden narratives of the new world's order, circles and roulette in London, Baggins the Tarantula and a quantum computer born one century ahead of its time. All elements are interconnected and each character must play their part as they are caught up in the inescapable forces of cause and effect.

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Europe and Asia collide in this brilliant border-jumping work of fiction by British ex-pat (now living in Hiroshima) David Mitchell. There's a woman communing with nature on a holy mountain. A Mongolian gangster, willing to kill to get what he wants. A tarantula named Baggins. And an apocalyptic cult member whose suicide attack on ...

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An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas-attack on a rush-hour metro, but what connects him to a jazz-buff in Tokyo? A Mongolian gangster, a redundant English spy in Petersburg with a knack for forging masterpieces, a despondent "zookeeper", a nuclear scientist, a ghostwriter, a ghost, and a late night New York DJ whose hard-boiled...

Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, Ghostwritten. Published in 1999, it was awarded the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, number9dream, was sh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 1.13 × 5 × 7.75 inPublished:April 20, 2000Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0340739754

ISBN - 13:9780340739754

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Europe and Asia collide in this brilliant border-jumping work of fiction by British ex-pat (now living in Hiroshima) David Mitchell. There's a woman communing with nature on a holy mountain. A Mongolian gangster, willing to kill to get what he wants. A tarantula named Baggins. And an apocalyptic cult member whose suicide attack on a rush-hour subway may indeed herald a coming storm. Inventive, original and thoroughly post-modern, Ghostwritten is an important work of fiction by a promising author.

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A remarkable first novel . . . Eastern, ethereal, yet flecked with flashes of commando grit, this multi-faceted novel is full of surprises-Time Out