New York Times Bestseller
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction
World Fantasy Awards Finalist
From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Some authors think outside the box. With her second novel, Susanna Clarke thinks outside the room the box is in. A man called Piranesi lives in a fantastically sprawling building that goes on and on for miles. The bottommost floor is filled with an ocean, the topmost is sprinkled with clouds, and the rest is a maze of pillars, staircases, and exquisite marble statues. Clarke, the author of the delightful bestseller Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, turns this quirky notion into a thrilling and esoteric mystery. At first, we didn’t know what to think about the hero’s odd, heartbreakingly innocent first-person narration. But soon enough, we couldn’t put this strange story down. We wanted to figure out exactly who Piranesi is and how he ended up recording the tides and living on saltwater fish inside this surreal Escher painting of a home. We won’t spoil any more details about the captivating events and plot twists that unfold—the less you know about this unpredictable novel, the better.
Someone told me the book was about a big house and I didn't believe them but it really is. 4/5 the ending was too quick for my tastes but the rest is good.
Enjoyable, Mysterious and Strange
A strange start to an enigmatic book. A rare case of a writer able to keep things mysterious and opaque but goading the reader to carry on. Well worth the read.
FANTASTIC read! Incredible story.