496 pages, 9.57 × 6.6 × 1.38 in
July 19, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0676979297
ISBN - 13: 9780676979299
Read from the Book
Chapter oneThe House of Kawasemi the Concubine, above NagasakiThe ninth night of the fifth month"Miss kawasemi?" orito kneels on a stale and sticky futon. "Can you hear me?"In the rice paddy beyond the garden, a cacophony of frogs detonates.Orito dabs the concubine's sweat-drenched face with a damp cloth."She's barely spoken"-the maid holds the lamp-"for hours and hours. . . .""Miss Kawasemi, I'm Aibagawa. I'm a midwife. I want to help."Kawasemi's eyes ﬂicker open. She manages a frail sigh. Her eyes shut.She is too exhausted, Orito thinks, even to fear dying tonight.Dr. Maeno whispers through the muslin curtain. "I wanted to examine the child's presentation myself, but . . ." The elderly scholar chooses his words with care. "But this is prohibited, it seems.""My orders are clear," states the chamberlain. "No man may touch her."Orito lifts the bloodied sheet and ﬁnds, as warned, the fetus's limp arm, up to the shoulder, protruding from Kawasemi's vagina."Have you ever seen such a presentation?" asks Dr. Maeno."Yes: in an engraving, from the Dutch text Father was translating.""This is what I prayed to hear! The Observations of William Smellie?""Yes: Dr. Smellie terms it," Orito uses the Dutch, " 'Prolapse of the Arm.' "Orito clasps the fetus's mucus-smeared wrist to search for a pulse.Maeno now asks her in Dutch, "What are your opinions?"There is no pulse. "The baby is dead," Orito answers, in the same language, "and the mother will die soon, if the child is not delivered." She
From the Publisher
The author of Cloud Atlas's most ambitious novel yet, for the readers of Ishiguro, Murakami, and, of course, David Mitchell.
The year is 1799, the place Dejima, the "high-walled, fan-shaped artificial island" that is the Japanese Empire's single port and sole window to the world. It is also the farthest-flung outpost of the powerful Dutch East Indies Company. To this place of superstition and swamp fever, crocodiles and courtesans, earthquakes and typhoons, comes Jacob de Zoet. The young, devout and ambitious clerk must spend five years in the East to earn enough money to deserve the hand of his wealthy fiancée. But Jacob's intentions are shifted, his character shaken and his soul stirred when he meets Orito Aibagawa, the beautiful and scarred daughter of a Samurai, midwife to the island's powerful magistrate. In this world where East and West are linked by one bridge, Jacob sees the gaps shrink between pleasure and piety, propriety and profit. Magnificently written, a superb mix of historical research and heedless imagination, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a big and unforgettable book that will be read for years to come.
About 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, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell co-translated from the Japanese the international bestselling memoir The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards – Waterstone’s UK Author of the Year Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize A TIME Best Book A Washington Post Best Book A Financial Times Best Book A New Yorker Best Book A Globe and Mail Best Book A New York Times Notable Book “Not only a characteristically spectacular display of sheer talent, ambition, energy and vision, but [also] . . . a seismically moving and harrowingly human book that will enrich and enliven your existence.” — Jared Bland, The Walrus“Let’s . . . call David Mitchell the David Bowie of contemporary fiction. . . . If Mitchell is Bowie, then, and if his novels are albums, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is his Station to Station — sprawling, epic, infused with an elusive otherness yet with all the crowd-pleasing trappings of a popular blockbuster.” — The Gazette “The amount of research that must have gone into this meticulous, wide-ranging work of historical fiction is staggering. . . . [Mitchell] uses it to immerse the reader fully in not one world, but several. . . . An exhilarating feeling to be the hands of such a virtuosic storyteller.” — Winnipeg Free Press “Guarantees fiction of exceptional intelligence, richness and vitality.”— The Globe and Mail “[Mitchell has] created his most conventional but most emotionally engaging novel yet. . . . An affecting conclusion . . . underscores Mr. Mitchell’s mastery here not only of virtuosic literary fireworks,