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Exhalation Paperback – 14 May 2019

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  • Publisher : Picador (14 May 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1529014514
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1529014518
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
  • Dimensions : 15.4 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
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As much thought experiments as stories, Ted Chiang’s exquisite mechanisms employ science fiction as an instrument to probe the human condition. Like the chronicler of Exhalation’s title narrative, he opens the back of his own head and lays bare its mysterious golden motion for the hushed appreciation of an awestruck audience. Beautifully written and conceived, this is a marvellous, astonishing collection that we would do well to read before the worlds it conjures are upon us. Urgently recommended. -- Alan Moore

Deeply beautiful . . . This book is as generous as it is marvelous, and I’m left feeling nothing so much as grateful for it. ― New York Times

Exhalation is a breath of fresh air . . . If there's an overarching theme, it's that we should take time to appreciate the miracle of existence and cherish the free will we have to pursue our destinies - while we still can. ― Financial Times

A beguiling mix of compassion and awe, worthy of comparisons to the work of Philip K. Dick . . . An immensely pleasing book. ― San Francisco Chronicle

We all know Ted Chiang is a fucking genius, but: Ted Chiang is a fucking genius. -- Carmen Maria Machado

‘Like such eclectic predecessors as Philip K. Dick... Jorge Luis Borges, Ursula K. Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, China Miéville, and Kazuo Ishiguro, Chiang has explored conventional tropes of science fiction in highly unconventional ways... Magically inventive... each [story is]... likely to linger in the memory the way riddles may linger - teasing, tormenting, illuminating, thrilling.’New Yorker

Ted Chiang’s stories are lean, relentless, and incandescent. -- Colson Whitehead

‘Chiang is a master. . . . The Alice Munro of science fiction.’ ― LitHub

‘[Chiang] is so good that this book qualifies as an event.’ ― Newsday

Illuminating, thrilling . . . Individual sentences possess the windowpane transparency that George Orwell advocated as a prose ideal. -- Joyce Carol Oates ― New Yorker

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The long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short stories.

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