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Number Nine Dreamby David Stephen Mitchell
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Number9Dreamis the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams. David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel,Ghostwritten, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form,Number9Dreamis a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.
In the wake of his sister's death and his mother's breakdown, Eiji Miyake, a young dreamer from remote rural Japan, journeys to Tokyo to find his long-lost father and comes face to face with the dark underworld of the great city and the enigmatic landscapes of his dreams. By the author of Ghostwritten. 50,000 first printing.
Eiji Miyake comes to Tokyo looking for the father who abonded him as a child, but he soon makes powerful enemies.
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