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Babel Synopsis

THE #2 SUNDAY TIMES AND #1 NYT BESTSELLER ‘One for Philip Pullman fans’ THE TIMES ‘This one is an automatic buy’ GLAMOUR ‘Ambitious, sweeping and epic’ EVENING STANDARD ‘Razor-sharp’ DAILY MAIL ‘An ingenious fantasy about empire’ GUARDIAN Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal. Oxford, 1836. The city of dreaming spires. It is the centre of all knowledge and progress in the world. And at its centre is Babel, the Royal Institute of Translation. The tower from which all the power of the Empire flows. Orphaned in Canton and brought to England by a mysterious guardian, Babel seemed like paradise to Robin Swift. Until it became a prison… But can a student stand against an empire? An incendiary new novel from award-winning author R.F. Kuang about the power of language, the violence of colonialism, and the sacrifices of resistance. 'A masterpiece that resonates with power and knowledge. BABEL is a stark picture of the cruelty of empire, a distillation of dark academia, and a riveting blend of fantasy and historical fiction – a monumental achievement’ Samantha Shannon, author of THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE R.F. Kuang’s book ‘Babel’ was a New York Times bestseller w/c 11-09-2022.

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ISBN: 9780008501853
Publication date: 28th September 2023
Author: R.F. Kuang
Publisher: HarperVoyager an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 560 pages
Primary Genre Fantasy
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The dark academia and gothic feel of Oxford in the mid-1800s were just right as Autumn begins to set in. A contender for lots of people's book of the year.

The dark academia and gothic feel of Oxford in the mid-1800s were just right as Autumn begins to set in. You'll settle into Oxford quickly: the work ethic, the cliques and the other students' lives develop much further into the soup of geopolitics, race, colonialism and covert operations.

At times the book can be hard to read in its nature and the topics it's tackling, the story is of a world which trying to grow and move on, facing a power focusing its efforts on maintaining the status quo.... Read Full Review

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