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Anthony Doerr announces new novel, titled 'Cloud Cuckoo Land'

13/04/2021 4:45 AM
Anthony Doerr announces new novel, titled 'Cloud Cuckoo Land'

Pulitzer Prize winning author Anthony Doer has announced his new novel, to be published worldwide in September. It's the author's first since the bestselling 2014 novel All the Light We Cannot See.

Cloud Cuckoo Land is a historical fiction novel in a similar vein to All The Light, following three different perspectives of the 1453 siege of Constantinople.

Read the full synopsis of the novel below:

Cloud Cuckoo Land follows three storylines: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city wall during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour and gentle octogenarian Zeno, in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for a distant exoplanet, decades from now. 

A single copy of an ancient text – the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to the paradise of Cloud Cuckoo Land – provides solace, mystery and the most profound human connection to these five unforgettable characters.

Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Zeno, Seymour and Konstance are dreamers and misfits, struggling to survive and finding resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.

Aside from the Pulitzer Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See, Doerr has also written About Grace (2004), as well as the short story collections The Shell Collector (2002) and Memory Wall (2010), as well as a memoir, Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World (2007).