Gnomon

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In a near-future Britain, a distributed surveillance-democracy called The System knows everything about you: it can even spy on your mind. Britain has, in effect, become a Panopticon country. But when state investigators then look into the head of a refusenik novelist named Diana Hunter, what they find there is not her life story but that of four other people, spread across thousands of years, all vibrantly real and each utterly impossible. But before they can unravel that puzzle, Diana dies as a result of the investigation – an unheard of occurrence in a perfect system which protects everyone from harm.

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A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR

Gnomon is an extraordinary novel, and one I can’t stop thinking about some weeks after I read it. It is deeply troubling, magnificently strange, and an exhilarating read.’ Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

‘Nick Harkaway’s most ambitious novel yet. [A] story of near-future mass surveillance, artificial intelligence and human identity … An amazing and quite unforgettable piece of fiction.’ Guardian

Harkaway dazzles.’ Daily Mail

‘Wonderfully good.’ Sunday Times

Near-future Britain is a state in which citizens are constantly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of ‘transparency.’ Every action is seen, every word is recorded and the System has access to thoughts and memories.

When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in custody, it marks the first time a citizen has been killed during an interrogation. Mielikki Neith, a trusted state inspector, is assigned to find out what went wrong. Immersing herself in neural recordings of the interrogation, what she finds isn’t Hunter but rather a panorama of characters within Hunter’s psyche.

Embedded in the memories of these impossible lives lies a code which Neith must decipher to find out what Hunter is hiding. The staggering consequences of what she finds will reverberate throughout the world.

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Weight 0.479 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 4.1 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

688

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K