A love story, an adventure, a study of corruption and a glimpse into a hidden world - David Mitchell’s novel is a historical fiction like no other.

For over 150 years, the island of Dejima in Nagasaki harbour has been the only point of contact between Japan and Europe. Foreign traders are forbidden to leave the island while the Japanese may not travel beyond their native country. Yet through the porthole of Dejima, the new learning of the Enlightenment seeps into the Shogun’s cloistered realm, while tales of a mysterious land seep out. In 1799, Jacob de Zoet arrives on Dejima. He has an unpleasant - perhaps dangerous - task to perform.

The Man Booker Prize 2010
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David Mitchell

David Mitchell

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In 2018, David Mitchell won the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, given in recognition of a writer’s entire body of work.
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Other nominated books by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks
Black Swan Green
Cloud Atlas