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Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Amazon.co.uk Review
It's hard not to become ensnared by words beginning with the letter B, when attempting to describe Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell's third novel. It's a big book, for start, bold in scope and execution--a bravura literary performance, possibly. (Let's steer clear of breathtaking for now.) Then, of course, Mitchell was among Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and his second novel number9dreamwas shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Characters with birthmarks in the shape of comets are a motif; as are boats. Oh and one of the six narratives strands of the book--where coincidentally Robert Frobisher, a young composer, dreams up "a sextet for overlapping soloists" entitled Cloud Atlas--is set in Belgium, not far from Bruges. (See what I mean?)

Structured rather akin to a Chinese puzzle or a set of Matrioshka dolls, there are dazzling shifts in genre and voice and the stories leak into each other with incidents and people being passed on like batons in a relay race. The 19th-century journals of an American notary in the Pacific that open the novel are subsequently unearthed 80 years later on by Frobisher in the library of the ageing, syphilitic maestro he's trying to fleece. Frobisher's waspish letters to his old Cambridge crony, Rufus Sexsmith, in turn surface when Rufus, (by the 1970s a leading nuclear scientist) is murdered. A novelistic account of the journalist Luisa Rey's investigation into Rufus' death finds its way to Timothy Cavendish, a London vanity publisher with an author who has an ingenious method of silencing a snide reviewer. And in a near-dystopian Blade Runner-esque future, a genetically engineered fast food waitress sees a movie based on Cavendish's unfortunate internment in a Hull retirement home. (Cavendish himself wonders how a director called Lars might wish to tackle his plight). All this is less tricky than it sounds, only the lone "Zachary" chapter, told in Pacific Islander dialect (all "dingos'n'ravens", "brekker" and "f'llowin'"s) is an exercise in style too far. Not all the threads quite connect but nonetheless Mitchell binds them into a quite spellbinding rumination on human nature, power, oppression, race, colonialism and consumerism. --Travis Elborough

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Hardback Editions

November 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cloud Atlas: A Novel (Modern Library (Hardcover))
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 0-8129-9471-X / 978-0-8129-9471-1 (USA edition)
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August 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Cloud Atlas (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 1-4176-6472-X / 978-1-4176-6472-6 (USA edition)
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March 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 0-340-82277-5 / 978-0-340-82277-7 (UK edition)
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March 2004 : UK Hardback

Title: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 0-340-83632-6 / 978-0-340-83632-3 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 0-340-82278-3 / 978-0-340-82278-4 (UK edition)
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February 2013 : Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Cartographie des nuages [nouvelle edition]
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ISBN: 2757833782 / 978-2757833780
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November 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 1-4447-3087-8 / 978-1-4447-3087-6 (UK edition)
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October 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 1-4447-6178-1 / 978-1-4447-6178-8 (UK edition)
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October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 0-345-80747-2 / 978-0-345-80747-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas (Movie Tie-in Edition): A Novel
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 0-8129-8441-2 / 978-0-8129-8441-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 1-4447-8033-6 / 978-1-4447-8033-8 (UK edition)
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas (flipback edition)
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 1-4447-3004-5 / 978-1-4447-3004-3 (UK edition)
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-375-50725-6 / 978-0-375-50725-0 (USA edition)
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June 2005 : Paperback
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Title: VR Cloud Atlas - B Format
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 9999976352 / 978-9999976350
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 0-676-97494-5 / 978-0-676-97494-2 (USA edition)
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August 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 0-340-83320-3 / 978-0-340-83320-9 (UK edition)
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August 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 0-340-89551-9 / 978-0-340-89551-1 (UK edition)
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March 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 0-340-83237-1 / 978-0-340-83237-0 (UK edition)
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2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 1-4447-1021-4 / 978-1-4447-1021-2 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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July 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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July 2006 : UK Audio edition
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October 2005 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 1-84456-070-8 / 978-1-84456-070-7 (UK edition)
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July 2005 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 0-7531-2195-6 / 978-0-7531-2195-5 (UK edition)
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June 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 1-84456-069-4 / 978-1-84456-069-1 (UK edition)
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February 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 1-4159-1978-X / 978-1-4159-1978-1 (USA edition)
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2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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ISBN: 1-4159-1970-4 / 978-1-4159-1970-5 (USA edition)
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November 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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Publisher: Random House Audio
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November 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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October 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Cloud Atlas (Enhanced Movie Tie-in Edition): A Novel
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Publisher: Random House
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July 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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November 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Cloud Atlas: A Novel
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Publisher: Random House
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September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Cloud Atlas
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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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