Anathem

Anathem

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Here is another brilliantly original novel from the cult author of "Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon".Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians. There, he and his cohorts are sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, unpredictable "saecular" world, an endless landscape of casinos and megastores that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms and busts, dark ages and renaissances, world wars and climate change. Until the day that a higher power, driven by fear, decides it is only these cloistered scholars who have the abilities to avert an impending catastrophe. And, one by one, Raz and his friends, mentors, and teachers are summoned forth without warning into the unknown.

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  • Hardback | 800 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 72mm | 1,542.21g
  • ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1843549158
  • 9781843549154
  • 144,621

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"Learned, witty, weirdly torqued, emotionally complex, politically astute, and often darkly comic...ANATHEM is an audacious work by a highly intelligent imagination, a delightfully learned text."--Edmonton Journal (Alberta) on ANATHEM

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About Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is the author of eight novels, including the cult successes Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon. he has been shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award five times, winning with Quicksilver. Three of his last four novels have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Seattle.

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<p>At over 800 pages long, Neal Stephenson's brilliantly realised new novel <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=1843549158">Anathem</a> is not for the faint-hearted. But Stephenson, cult author of the bestsellers <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=0140232923">Snow Crash</a>, <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=0099410680">Quicksilver</a> and <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=0099410672">Crytonomicon</a>, is always at his best when he writes his brick-thick tomes. Stephenson fans will love <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=1843549158">Anathem</a>, but those new to the author will find much to enjoy here too.</p> <p>It was Plato who suggested that philosophers should rule as kings. Since childhood Raz has lived inside "a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians." Here, the life of the mind is sovereign, and the murky realities of normal, everyday life are pushed firmly to the background. Raz and his fellows get on with learning and thinking "sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, unpredictable 'saecular' world" which is just an "endless landscape of casinos and megastores that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms and busts, dark ages and renaissances, world wars and climate change." Recognise it!?</p> <p>One day, however, driven by the fear of catastrophe and final breakdown, Raz, his fellow students and their teachers are summoned, forced to come out of the monastery and made to confront reality. The boffins are required, now, to think of ways to save the world. And, finally, for once, to act.</p>show more
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