David Mitchell on ‘The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet’

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DAVID MITCHELL’s new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, immerses readers into a unique time and place: a tiny, manmade floating island off the Nagasaki coast of Imperial Japan in 1799, where the Dutch East Indies Trading Company provides the xenophobic shogunate’s lone point of contact with the outside world. It’s a love story, an adventure tale, and one of the more hotly anticipated works of historical fiction in some years.

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