The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
From the 17th to the 19th centuries, Japan was closed to foreigners on penalty of death. Its sole point of international trade was an artificial island, Dejima, built in Nagasaki’s harbor. Here begin the adventures of Jacob de Zoet, a young Dutch accountant who finds himself in an unlikely - and ... Read More »
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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Imagine an empire that has shut out the world for a century and a half. No one can leave, foreigners are excluded, their religions banned and their ideas deeply mistrusted. Yet a narrow window onto this nation-fortress still exists: an artificial walled island connected to a mainland port, and manned by a handful of European traders. And locked as the land-gate may be, it cannot prevent the meeting of minds -- or hearts. The nation was Japan, the port was Nagasaki and the island was Dejima, to where David Mitchell's panoramic novel transports us in the year 1799. For one Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, a dark adventure of duplicity, love, guilt, faith and murder is about to begin -- and all the while, unbeknownst to him and his feuding compatriots, the axis of global power is turning...