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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence - R.F. Kuang

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence - R.F. Kuang
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Title: Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence

Author:  R.F. Kuang

ISBN:  9780008501815

Weight:  990 g

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Released on 01/09/2022

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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence by R.F. Kuang

An incendiary new novel by the award-winning author of The Poppy War about the power of language, the violence of colonialism, and the sacrifices of resistance.


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

1828.  Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell.  There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enroll in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation – also known as Babel.

Babel is the world’s center for translation and, more importantly, magic.  Silver working – the art of manifesting the meaning lost in translation using enchanted silver bars – has made the British unparalleled in power, as its knowledge serves the Empire’s quest for colonization.

For Robin, Oxford is a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge.  But knowledge obeys power, and as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realizes serving Babel means betraying his motherland.  As his studies progress, Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organization dedicated to stopping imperial expansion.  When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide…

Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence?

Peer & Press Reviews

Babel is a masterpiece.  A stunningly brilliant exploration of identity, belonging, the cost of empire and revolution – and the true power of language.  Kuang has written the book the world has been waiting for.

Peng Shepherd, author of The Cartographers

The true magic of Kuang’s novel lies in its ability to be both rigorously academic and consistently welcoming to the reader, making translation on the page feel as enchanting and powerful as any effects it can achieve with the aid of silver.

Oxford Review of Books

A brilliant and often harrowing exploration of violence, etymology, colonialism, and the intersections that run between them.  Babel is as profound as it is moving.

Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching

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Title Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence
Subtitle An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution
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Publisher HarperCollinsPublishers
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Format Hardcover with dust jacket

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