Ghostwritten by David Mitchell was his debut novel in published in 1999 and so over shadowed by his second book Cloud Atlas that I had no idea that he had written an earlier book. We start the story in
Each episode 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
As the plot progresses, however, the connections between narrators become more complex, richly imaginative and thematically suggestive. A pattern emerges in which chance events ripple around the world and through time to end in ways that one of the characters had always hoped for.
The prose is clear and the shift in genres acts as the motor to drive you through the story in the place of more traditional character or plot development.
I would highly recommend this book not as the herald of one yet to come but a good read in its own right.