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Cloud Atlas

(2004)
A novel by

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

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

February 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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July 2006 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
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July 2006 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
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October 2005 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 1-84456-070-8 / 978-1-84456-070-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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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)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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June 2005 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 1-84456-069-4 / 978-1-84456-069-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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February 2005 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 1-4159-1978-X / 978-1-4159-1978-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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2005 : USA Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 1-4159-1970-4 / 978-1-4159-1970-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
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November 2004 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Cloud Atlas
Author(s): David Mitchell
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

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