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Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014'
New York Times Bestseller
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize
Longlisted for the National Book Award

The National Book Award - winning author of The Echo Maker delivers his most emotionally charged novel to date, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.


"If Powers were an American writer of the nineteenth century... he'd probably be the Herman Melville of Moby-Dick. His picture is that big," wrote Margaret Atwood (New York Review of Books). Indeed, since his debut in 1985 with Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, Richard Powers has been astonishing readers with novels that are sweeping in range, dazzling in technique, and rich in their explorations of music, art, literature, and technology. In Orfeo, Powers tells the story of a man journeying into his past as he desperately flees the present. Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns - has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, Els - the "Bioterrorist Bach" - pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey. Through the help of his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime collaborator, Els hatches a plan to turn this disastrous collision with the security state into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them. The result is a novel that soars in spirit and language by a writer who "may be America's most ambitious novelist" (Kevin Berger, San Francisco Chronicle).

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Hardback Editions

April 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-78239-161-4 / 978-1-78239-161-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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March 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Orfeo (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-4104-6690-6 / 978-1-4104-6690-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Orfeo: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-393-24082-7 / 978-0-393-24082-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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January 2014 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-4434-2290-8 / 978-1-4434-2290-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-4434-2291-6 / 978-1-4434-2291-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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August 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Orfeo: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-393-34984-5 / 978-0-393-34984-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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July 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-78239-164-9 / 978-1-78239-164-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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April 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-78239-162-2 / 978-1-78239-162-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Orfeo (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-4712-7643-0 / 978-1-4712-7643-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: W F Howes Ltd
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2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Orfeo: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-62953-064-6 / 978-1-62953-064-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: W, W. Norton
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Audio Editions

November 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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November 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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November 2014 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Orfeo *(Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Richard Powers, William Roberts
ISBN: 1-4712-8247-3 / 978-1-4712-8247-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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January 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: Recorded Books
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January 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2014 : USA Audio CD

Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 1-4906-0073-6 / 978-1-4906-0073-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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January 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Orfeo
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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January 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Orfeo: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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