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Anathem Mass Market Paperback – August 25, 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 1,325 ratings

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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.” -- Leicester Mercury on ANATHEM

“Reading Anathem is a humbling experience.” -- Washington Post on ANATHEM

“The cult legend’s newest book, Anathem, [is] destined to be an instant sci-fi classic.” -- Popular Mechanics on ANATHEM

“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.” -- Word (UK) on ANATHEM

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

“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.” -- The Oregonian (Portland) on ANATHEM

“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.” -- Locus, Paul Witcover, on ANATHEM

“This is a book about science and philosophy which demands the full concentration of the reader -a worthwhile, smart, exciting read.” -- Time Out London

“A tour-de-force of world building and high-concept speculation, wrapped around a page-turning plot.” -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch on ANATHEM

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

From the Back Cover

For ten years Fraa Erasmas, a young avout, has lived in a cloistered sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside world. But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change—and Erasmas will become a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world, as he follows his destiny to the most inhospitable corners of the planet . . . and beyond.

Anathem is the latest miraculous invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle—a work of astonishing scope, intelligence, and imagination.


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  • Publisher : Harper; Reissue edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Mass Market Paperback : 1008 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 006147410X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0061474101
  • Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
  • Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.51 x 6.75 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 1,325 ratings

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