Piranesi (Large Print / Library Binding)
If you are looking for something delightfully different, go into the intriguing and mysterious world of Piranesi. Piranesi's journal does not mark the years by numbers, but rather by happenings—and it takes place in The Year the Albatross Came to the South-Western Halls. Piranesi delights in exploring and documenting every detail of The House he lives in, a labyrinth of seemingly endless vestibules and halls, with a lower level that is periodically flooded by torrential tides. Every room is filled with unique statues, and he is determined to travel and discover them all. His child-like inquisitiveness and love for The House make him an endearing protagonist. He is intelligent too. Twice a week, Piranesi meets with The Other human in The House, and shares his knowledge. The strange thing is that The Other seems to experience The House differently, and The Other knows things that make Piranesi uneasy. Soon, his happiness is threatened as he must face the terrifying truth that The House—and his existence within it— is not what it seems.— Sharon
September 2020 Indie Next List
“It was more than 15 years ago that Susanna Clarke built a wing on the edifice of fantasy fiction unlike any seen before in the form of a debut novel called Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. After so long, I’d be grateful for any new work from her, but I’m unspeakably glad that she’s again constructed something entirely new. Piranesi has a smaller footprint than her previous novel, but makes more efficient use of space, cramming an entire unsettling universe into a book far bigger on the inside than it is out.”
— James Crossley, Madison Books, Seattle, WA
New York Times BestsellerFrom 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.
About the Author
Susanna Clarke is the author of the The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories and the New York Times bestseller and Hugo Award-winning Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. She lives in England.