Susanna Clarke’s debut novel “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” was published an unbelievable 16 years ago, and is still a bestseller today.
At last, Clarke’s second novel, Piranesi, has been released (in September) and is now one of the most highly recommended and best selling books of the season. Having been recommended by pretty much everyone, including Neil Gaiman @neilhimself - who has previously compared Susanna Clarke to Shakespeare - it certainly been a long wait, but by all accounts it has been worth it.
Piranesi is haunting, intoxicating, and hypnotic. It establishes Clarke not just as one of the great fantasy novelists of her generation, but as one of the greatest novelists of any genre currently writing in English.
“A novel that feels like a surreal meditation on life in quarantine.” ―The New Yorker
“Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling, at once a gripping mystery, an adventure through a brilliant new fantasy world, and a deep meditation on the human condition: feeling lost, and being found. I already want to be back in its haunting and beautiful halls!” ―Madeline Miller, Author of CIRCE