Edition: First thus- the first Vintage International trade paperback.
New York: Vintage Books, (2001). Mitchell's remarkable first novel - "Nine disparate but interconnected tales (and a short coda) . . . examine 21st century notions of community, coincidence, causality, catastrophe and fate. Each episode in this mammoth socio-cultural tapestry is related in the first person, and set in a different international locale. The gripping first story introduces Keisuke Tanaka, aka Quasar, a fanatical Japanese doomsday cultist who's on the lam in Okinawa after completing a successful gas attack in a Tokyo subway. The links between Quasar and the novel's next narrator, Satoru Sonada, a teenage jazz aficionado, are tenuous at first. [but] as the plot progresses the connections between narrators become more complex,"(PW Weekly) Among his many awards, Mitchell has been selected as one of the best young British authors by Granta. 425 pp. ISBN: 0-375724508.
Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers.