Synopses & Reviews
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.
"As questions multiply and
suspense mounts in this spellbinding, occult puzzle of a fable, one
begins to wonder if perhaps the reverence, kindness, and gratitude
practiced by Clarke's enchanting and resilient hero aren't all the
wisdom one truly needs." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Readers who accompany
[Piranesi] as he learns to understand himself will see magic returning
to our world. Weird and haunting and excellent." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling, at once a gripping mystery, an adventure through a brilliant new fantasy world, and a deep meditation on the human condition: feeling lost, and being found. I already want to be back in its haunting and beautiful halls!" Madeline Miller, New York Times Bestselling Author of Circe
"Piranesi is a gorgeous, spellbinding mystery that gently unravels page by page. Precisely the sort of book that I love wordlessly handing to someone so they can have the pleasure of uncovering its secrets for themselves. This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered." Erin Morgenstern, NYT bestselling author of The Starless Sea and The Night Circus
“Nobody writes about magic the way Clarke does....She writes about magic as if she's actually worked it.” Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
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.