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Ghostwritten

(1999)
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Amazon.co.uk Review
"What is real and what is not?": David Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten: A Novel in Nine Parts, plays with this question throughout its "parts". (That there are 10 sections is just part of the mystery of this book's schema.) Told through a range of voices, scattered across the globe--Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Petersburg, London--Ghostwritten has been described as a "firework display, shooting off in a dozen different narrative directions" (Adam Lively).

Certainly, Mitchell offers his readers a vertiginous, sometimes seductive, display of persona and place. "Twenty million people live and work in Tokyo," he writes in "Okinawa", the first section in the novel. "It's so big that nobody really knows where it stops." That sense of the global extension of the (post)modern city, the networks-- cultural, technological, phantasmagoric--to which it gives rise, is one key to this story of a Japanese death cult devoted to purging the "unclean" (gas attacks on the metro). "No, in Tokyo you have to make your place inside your head": that's how this immense world gets smaller, more subjective, more mad, as the narrator, Mr Kobayashi, sheds his "old family of the skin" to join a new "family of the spirit". It's a common theme. "I'm this person, I'm this person, I'm that person, I'm that person too," chants the voice of "Hong Kong", in the second section of the book. "No wonder it's all such a fucking mess." Neal's talking about his world, his life as a Hong Kong trader--"he's a man of departments, compartments, apartments"--but he might also be describing the experience of reading Ghostwritten. At once loquacious and knowing, leisurely and frantic, Mitchell offers his readers a huge, but fragmentary, portmanteau which builds in the links between its parts--aching bodies, reality police, the "ghost" writer in the machine of contemporary life, its mad, comic, and cosmic voices--without quite convincing you that they really do come together. -- Vicky Lebeau

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September 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ghostwritten: A Novel
Author(s): David Mitchell
ISBN: 0-679-46304-6 / 978-0-679-46304-7 (USA edition)
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ghostwritten
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October 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ghostwritten
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ISBN: 0-375-72450-8 / 978-0-375-72450-3 (USA edition)
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April 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ghostwritten
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April 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ghostwritten
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ISBN: 0-340-76972-6 / 978-0-340-76972-0 (UK edition)
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August 1999 : UK Paperback
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1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ghostwritten
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ISBN: 0-9650981-5-X / 978-0-9650981-5-1 (USA edition)
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Title: Ghostwritten
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Title: Ghostwritten
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ISBN: 1-4712-3049-X / 978-1-4712-3049-3 (UK edition)
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April 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ghostwritten
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March 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Ghostwritten
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ISBN: 1-84456-472-X / 978-1-84456-472-9 (UK edition)
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December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Ghostwritten (Vintage Contemporaries)
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