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Book of Clouds [Paperback]

Chloe Aridjis
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Review

"Chloe Aridjis has achieved something quite astonishing: a rethinking of one of our most complacent forms, the historical novel.... The writer she calls to mind is the Modernist Haruki Murakami, with his unsolved riddles and ultra-cool characters. It is a book that you press on friends" (Helen Rumbelow The Times)

"[An] exceptional debut novel.... a beautifully turned piece of writing of extraordinary assurance... As natural as breathing. Both vivid and dreamlike, at once very precise in its images and also enchantingly broad-brush atmospheric, this is a debut more captivating than any I've read in some time" (Daniel Hahn Independent on Sunday)

"The debut novel by the New York-born, now London-based, Aridjis comes highly recommended by literary heavyweights Paul Auster and Ali Smith, a choice emphasising both Aridjis's transatlantic appeal and her literary sensibilities" (Lesley Mcdowell Scotsman)

"A hypnotic first novel about a young Mexican gal in Berlin who stumbles into friendship with an eccentric historian and the madness that ensues. This book has the power of dreams and still hasn't left me" (Junot Diaz)

"A stirring and lyrical first novel by a young writer of immense talent" (Paul Auster)

Review

Chloe Aridjis has achieved something quite astonishing in a first book by a young writer: a rethinking of one of our most complacent forms, the historical novel….the writer she calls to mind is the Modernist Haruki Murakami, with his unsolved riddles and ultra-cool characters. It is a book that you press on friends even though when they ask you what it is about it sounds like nothing at all. - The Times, Helen Rumbelow

‘this is a haunting debut with an individual, poetic slant.’ - The Herald, Alastair Mabbot --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

A stunning debut novel inviting comparisons with Haruki Murakami and Paul Auster.

From the Inside Flap

Adrift in Berlin and with no desire to return home to Mexico, Tatiana cultivates solitude while trying to distance herself from the city's past. Yet the phantoms of Berlin - seeping in through the floorboards of her apartment, lingering in the abandoned subterranea - are more alive to her than the people she passes on her daily walks. When she takes a job transcribing notes for the reclusive historian Doktor Weiss, her life in Berlin becomes more complex. Through Weiss, she meets Jonas, a meteorologist who, as a child in the GDR, took solace in the sky's constant shape-shifting, an antidote to his unyielding and grim reality. As their three paths intersect and merge, the contours of all their worlds begin to change.

Unfolding with the strange, charged logic of a dream, Book of Clouds is a haunting, beautifully drawn portrait of a city forever in flux, and of the myths we cling to in order to give shape to our lives. From a crowded U-Bahn where Hitler appears dressed as an old woman, to an underground Gestapo bowling alley whose walls bear score marks of games long settled, Chloe Aridjis guides us through Berlin with wit and compassion, showing why cities, like people, cannot outrun their pasts.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

'Aridjis has achieved something quite astonishing: a rethinking of one of our most complacent forms, the historical novel....the writer she calls to mind is Haruki Murakami, with his unsolved riddles and ultra-cool characters. It is a book that you press on friends' The Times

Tatiana, a young Mexican woman, is adrift in Berlin. Choosing a life of solitude, she takes a job transcribing notes for the reclusive Doktor Weiss. Through him she meets 'ant illustrator turned meteorologist' Jonas, a Berliner who has used clouds and the sky's constant shape-shifting as his escape from reality. As their three paths intersect and merge, the contours of all their worlds begins to change...

'A hypnotic first novel... This book has the power of dreams and still hasn't left me' Junot Diaz

'Exceptional... a beautifully turned piece of writing of extraordinary assurance...this is beautiful and assured writing on any terms, and as natural as breathing. Both vivid and dreamlike, at once very precise in its images and also enchantingly broad-brush atmospheric, this is a debut more captivating than any I've read in some time' Independent on Sunday

'A stirring and lyrical first novel by a young writer of immense talent' Paul Auster

About the Author

Chloe Aridjis was born in New York, and grew up in the Netherlands and Mexico City. She studied for a BA at Harvard, and gained her DPhil in nineteenth-century French poetry and magic from Oxford University. She then spent five years in Berlin and now lives in London.
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