The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel Author David Mitchell
ISBN-10 0812976363
ISBN-13 9780812976366
Year 2011-03-08
Pages 492
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize The year is 1799 the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor the Japanese Empires single port and sole window onto the world designed to keep the West at bay To this place of devious merchants deceitful interpreters and costly courtesans comes Jacob de Zoet a devout young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiance back in Holland But Jacobs original intentions are eclipsed after a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa the disfigured midwife to the citys powerful magistrate The borders between propriety profit and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded one rash promise made and then fatefully brokenthe consequences of which will extend beyond Jacobs worst imaginings

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