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by Susanna Clarke
From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.
Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.
There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.
For readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.
| Extract Review |
This early extract for Piranesi is intriguing, beautifully written and infuriatingly short.
We meet Piranesi in a house that is the world, which is inhabited by himself and only another – The Other. The house is seemingly unending; a labyrinth of stairs, vestibules, windows and corridors, where the tides wash through and the clouds linger. With more than a hint of mystery and magic, this carefully crafted introduction revels in mystery; raising more questions than answers and spinning secrets which beg for discovery.
Fifteen years after I first read the beautiful and captivating Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the release of Piranesi cannot come soon enough.
To be published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. on 15th September 2020