Babel

Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution

Rating 4.3
21h 45min
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Description of the book

THE #2 SUNDAY TIMES AND #1 NYT BESTSELLER‘One for Philip Pullman fans’
THE TIMES

‘This one is an automatic buy’
GLAMOUR

‘Ambitious, sweeping and epic’
EVENING STANDARD

‘Razor-sharp’
DAILY MAIL

‘An ingenious fantasy about empire’
GUARDIAN

Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.

Oxford, 1836.

The city of dreaming spires.

It is the centre of all knowledge and progress in the world.

And at its centre is Babel, the Royal Institute of Translation. The tower from which all the power of the Empire flows.

Orphaned in Canton and brought to England by a mysterious guardian, Babel seemed like paradise to Robin Swift.

Until it became a prison…

But can a student stand against an empire?

An incendiary new novel from award-winning author R.F. Kuang about the power of language, the violence of colonialism, and the sacrifices of resistance.

'A masterpiece that resonates with power and knowledge. BABEL is a stark picture of the cruelty of empire, a distillation of dark academia, and a riveting blend of fantasy and historical fiction – a monumental achievement’

Samantha Shannon, author of THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE

Delve into the heart of an alternative UK, where Babel reigns as a top entry among gaslamp fantasy books. It's a great, bestselling read, peppered with the essence of urban exploration and thrilling action, an adventure that will leave you breathless and wanting more. For fans of Rebecca Yarros (Iron Flame), Leigh Bardungo (Six of Crows), Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings) and Olivie Blake (The Atlas Six) and Samantha Shannon (The Priory of the Orange Tree).

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Format::

Length Audiobook:

21h 45min

Language::

English

Published::

01/09/2022

Publisher Audiobook::

HarperCollins UK

ISBN Audiobook::

9780008501846

What others think

Reviews of Babel

As a linguist I loved this book but had hoped for a more uplifting conclusion. Beautifully written

Vicki

The book is absolutely beautifully written. I couldn’t stop listening, finishing it in three days (two of these I was working). Exciting, fantastical at points and always compelling. One of the main character relationships was however, a little underdeveloped I thought. But going into that would spoil the book.

Lucy

Really enjoyed the concept, setting and characters on the book. But I did feel it was unnecessarily long.

Angela

Enjoyed the concept but pacing was a little off - felt like the middle dragged and the ending was rushed.

Katie