TikTok made me buy it! The international bestseller and most anticipated fantasy book of 2022
Rebecca F. Kuang immigrated to the United States from Guangzhou, China, in 2000. She has a BA in International History from Georgetown University, and she will pursue her graduate degree in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge on a Marshall Scholarship in 2018. Her research focuses on Chinese military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials.
'Absolutely phenomenal. One of the most
brilliant, razor-sharp books I've had the pleasure
of reading that isn't just an alternative fantastical history, but
an interrogative one; one that grabs colonial history and the
Industrial Revolution, turns it over, and shakes it out'
Shannon Chakraborty, bestselling author of THE EMPIRE OF GOLD
'A masterpiece that resonates with power and knowledge. BABEL is
a stark picture of the cruelty of empire, a distillation of dark
academia, and a riveting blend of fantasy and
historical fiction - a monumental achievement'
Samantha Shannon, bestselling author of THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE
'A masterpiece. Through a meticulously
researched and a wholly impressive deep dive into linguistics and
the politics of language and translation, Kuang weaves a story that
is part love-hate letter to academia, part scathing indictment of
the colonial enterprise, and all fiery revolution'
Rebecca Roanhorse, NYT bestselling author of BLACK SUN
'Kuang has outdone herself. BABEL is brilliant,
vicious, sensitive, epic, and intimate; it's both
a love letter and a declaration of war. It's a perfect book'
Alix E. Harrow, bestselling author of A THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY
'A book that confirms Kuang as a major
'Brainy, brilliant, and fuelled by righteous anger, Babel is a
towering tour-de-force of fantasy'
'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
'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, bestselling author of THE CARTOGRAPHERS