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

Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 28/09/2023
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Dark Academia at its best
Got an advanced reading copy of this, and was so excited to read it. Babel is a fantasy set in the British Empire of the 1800's. It is a great mix of fact ... READ MORE


A new dark academic fantasy by the New York Times bestselling author of The Poppy War. 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.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008501853
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 40 mm

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Say goodbye to the person you were before because now you’re cultured
It was eye-opening, it was gripping, it was moving, it was many adjectives. Rebecca Kuang has a wonderful way of making you fall in love with the character... READ MORE
Kate O’Connell
No words for a book crafted about the power of words
Honestly the most beautiful and tragic book I have read this year. So incredibly crafted and realistic in a way that left me questioning what is the true h... READ MORE
Siân  Docksey
No words
Chinomso Onwuneme
This book is an amazing and well thought out novel with compelling themes and characters I adored. I couldn't put it down. I wish there was a little more o... READ MORE