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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Author(s): David Mitchell

Location(s): Dejima

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Late 18th Century

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Be transported to a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th-century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart.

Step onto the streets of Dejima and mingle with scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines as two cultures converge. In a tale of integrity and corruption, passion and power, the key is control – of riches and minds, and over death itself.

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‘Hugely enjoyable…the descriptions of Dejima and what life there must have been like are extraordinarily accurate’ (Literary Review )

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