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Neal Stephenson

Anathem

Neal Stephenson Anathem
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Main description:

For ten years Fraa Erasmas,a young avout, has lived ina cloistered sanctuary formathematicians, scientists,and philosophers, protected from thecorrupting influences of the outsideworld. But before the week is out,both the existence he abandonedand the one he embraced will standpoised on the brink of cataclysmicchange—and Erasmas will becomea major player in a drama that willdetermine the future of his world,as he follows his destiny to the mostinhospitable corners of the planet . . .and beyond.

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“[O]ne of Stephenson’s best novels…a captivating blend of culture clash, deductive reasoning and pure action.”

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“[R]avishingly brilliant, outrageously ambitious…ANATHEM is thought-provoking fun, at turns a post-graduate seminar of philosophy and physics, and a rousing yarn with characters you care about.”

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“[R]iveting idea porn.”

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“A daring feat of speculative fiction…ANATHEM offers the reader a luscious arrangement of words, jokes, and speculations.”

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“A magnificent achievement. ”

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“A masterpiece...mind-bogglingly ambitious...readers will delight in puzzling out the historical antecedents in philosophy, science, mathematics, and art that Stephenson riffs on with his customary quicklsilver genius...it’s one of the most thought-provoking novels I’ve ever read, and also one of the most engaging.”

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“A sprawling disquisition…[a] logophilic treat for those who like their alternate worlds big, parodic and ironic.”

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“A tour-de-force of world building and high-concept speculation, wrapped around a page-turning plot.”

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“Anathem duly marries extensive dialogues on quantum mechanics and the nature of consciousness to literal cliffhangers, hi-tech warfare and derring-do.”

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“Anathem is a brilliant, playful tour of the terrain where logic, mathematics, philosophy and quantum physics intersect, a novel of ideas par excellence, melding wordplay and mathematical theory with a gripping, human adventure.”

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“Anathem is a challenge: Make yourself one of the avout. Make yourself a scholar, and try to understand the world a little differently.”

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“Anyone who has read Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle will be familiar with his ingenuity when it comes to mixing science, sociology and satire with swashbuckling adventure, and ANATHEM duly marries extensive dialogues on quantum mechanics and the nature of consciousness to literal cliffhangers, high-tech warfare and general derring-do.”

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“As with Stephenson’s previous work, plot and character are wrought to the highest standards of literary fiction but they’re scarcely as fascinating as the worlds he conjures up. If there’s anything more readable than ANATHEM it should probably be banned.”

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“Blending quantum physics, phenomenological philosophy and various other fun hobbies...Stephenson’s enthusiasm to share his theories and explanations is infectious...think “The Name of the Rose” crossed with “Dune”...genuinely fascinating brain food.”

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“Clever and intricate...truly ingenious...it’s brilliance is undeniable.”

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“He mashes up genres with the flair of Thomas Pynchon and the intellect of William Gibson.”

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“In Anathem, Stephenson creates a religion for skeptics and nerds.”

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“It’s almost impossib

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Anathem is perhaps the most brilliant literary invention to date from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the world with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle. Now he imagines an alternate universe where scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians live in seclusion behind ancient monastery walls until they are called back into the world to deal with a crisis of astronomical proportions.

 

Anathem won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the reviews for have been dazzling: “Brilliant” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel), “Daring” (Boston Globe), “Immensely entertaining” (New York Times Book Review), “A tour de force” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), while Time magazine proclaims, “The great novel of ideas…has morphed into science fiction, and Neal Stephenson is its foremost practitioner.”


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