Day: October 9, 2012

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The Dutchman in Dejima – The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The book trailer shows us a ship sailing slowly over the specious seas of The Land of a Thousand Autumns. Seagulls fly over the sea foam eternally reaching for a kiss on the clouds’ cheeks. The clouds languidly move aside to unveil the quaint island of Dejima, the sole gateway between Europe and Japan. The little community of European traders and interpreters, spies and servants, is the anchor of this novel. This, and the interaction with the Japanese and their culture during the Edo period, becomes Jacob de Zoet’s thousand autumns. Saturday, October 18th of the year 1800 is calm and blue. Starlings fly in nebulae: like a child in a fairy-tale, Jacob longs to join them. Or else, he daydreams, let my round eyes become nomadic ovals… West to east, the sky unrolls and rolls its atlas of clouds. …my pink skin turn dull gold; my freakish hair, a sensible black… From an alleyway, the clatter of a night-cart threatens his reverie. …and my boorish body become one of theirs … poised and sleek. Eight liveried …