• Gnomon t.1

    Nick Harkaway

    Grande-Bretagne. Futur proche.La monarchie constitutionnelle parlementaire qu'on croyait éternelle a laissé place au Système, un mode de démocratie directe où le citoyen est fortement incité à participer et voter. La population est surveillée en permanence par le Témoin : la somme de toutes les caméras de surveillance et de tout le suivi numérique que permettent les objets connectés.Au cours d'un interrogatoire par lecture mentale, la dissidente Diana Hunter décède. Mielikki Neith, une inspectrice du Témoin, fidèle au Système, est chargée de l'enquête. Alors qu'elle devrait être en mesure d'explorer la psyché de Hunter, Mielikki se retrouve confrontée à trois mémoires différentes : celle d'un financier grec attaqué par un requin, celle d'une alchimiste et celle d'un vieux peintre éthiopien.Pour Neith, dont les certitudes commencent à s'effriter, un incroyable voyage au coeur de la pensée humaine commence. Aussi déroutant que dangereux.Nick Harkaway est l'auteur de quatre romans, dont Gonzo Lubitsch ou l'incroyable odyssée (Robert Laffont, 2010).

  • Gnomon t.2

    Nick Harkaway

    Grande-Bretagne. Futur proche.
    La monarchie constitutionnelle parlementaire qu'on croyait éternelle a laissé place au Système, un mode de démocratie directe où le citoyen est fortement incité à participer et voter. La population est surveillée en permanence par le Témoin : la somme de toutes les caméras de surveillance et de tout le suivi numérique que permettent les objets connectés.
    Au cours d'un interrogatoire par lecture mentale, la dissidente Diana Hunter décède. Mielikki Neith, une inspectrice du Témoin, fidèle au Système, est chargée de l'enquête. Alors qu'elle devrait être en mesure d'explorer la psyché de Hunter, Mielikki se retrouve confrontée à trois mémoires différentes : celle d'un financier grec attaqué par un requin, celle d'une alchimiste et celle d'un vieux peintre éthiopien.
    Pour Neith, dont les certitudes commencent à s'effriter, un incroyable voyage au coeur de la pensée humaine commence. Aussi déroutant que dangereux.
    Nick Harkaway est l'auteur de quatre romans, dont Gonzo Lubitsch ou l'incroyable odyssée (Robert Laffont, 2010).


  • C'est bien le monde... mais pas celui que vous connaissez.


    Avec ce livre hors norme, entre roman d'apprentissage, d'aventures ou d'anticipation, le fils de John Le Carré fait une entrée fracassante en littérature.

    Colonne vertébrale d'un monde postapocalyptique, la Canalisation Jorgmund - où transite la substance indispensable à la survie de tous -, est en feu. Gonzo Lubitsch, héros de profession et expert en incendie, est engagé pour régler le problème. Mais celui-ci concerne bien plus que la seule Canalisation, bien plus que les seules apparences. Sa mission entraînera Gonzo et son meilleur ami, le narrateur, jusque dans les sombres profondeurs de la surpuissante compagnie Jorgmund. Leur histoire est celle du Monde Effacé, un monde rayé de la carte, menacé par le chaos. C'est aussi l'histoire d'une amitié sans bornes, un récit d'amour et de deuil, parcouru de ninjas, de pirates, de monstres ou de clowns et se déroulant à travers les lieux les plus étranges et les plus dangereux...
    Structuré par la figure centrale du narrateur, ce roman hybride et exubérant fonctionne par séquences, flash-back, digressions où Nick Harkaway mêle tous azimuts la satire politico-sociale du monde capitaliste ou la critique de la guerre en Irak à des aventures loufoques, tout cela avec une volubilité, une énergie et un humour dévastateurs. Il crée un univers extrêmement original qui tient de la fantasy, du film de kung fu, du manga japonais, du roman d'initiation et du thriller politique. Inclassable, pétillant et divertissant, ce roman propulse le lecteur dans un monde à couper le souffle.

  • Nick Harkaway, author of Angelmaker, presents a rousing and energizing look at how we can meaningfully and constructively engage with technology--creating an essential handbook for anyone trying to be human in a digital age.
    Some say our devices will lead us to ruin: isolating us from our neighbors, warping communication, delivering an unregulated flood of information that will destroy our humanity. Some say they will be our salvation: enabling global communication and social engagement, putting all the world’s facts at our fingertips, and erasing the barriers that divide us, bringing out the best qualities of humanity. In The Blind Giant, novelist and blogger Nick Harkaway takes us on a lucid, insightful and personal tour of how we live our lives in our technology-obsessed culture. A self-described “missing link” between the pre-Internet generation and the “digital natives” who have grown up with technology, Nick is an enthusiastic guide to digital culture who weaves together examples from literature, psychology, neurology, sociology, history, and his own life while exploring the hazards and joys of the human-machine relationship. In the final analysis, whether we meaningfully engage with the machines we have created, or risk living in a world which is designed to serve computers and corporations rather than people, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned with our digital future.

  • Anglais Angelmaker

    Nick Harkaway

    From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World - an adventure story, a war story, and a love story, all wound into one brilliant narrative that runs like clockwork.Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature.Joe Spork, son of the infamous criminal Mathew 'Tommy Gun' Spork just wants a quiet life, repairing clockwork in a wet, unknown bit of London.Edie Banister, former superspy, lives quietly and wishes she didn't. She's nearly ninety and the things she fought to save don't seem to exist anymore. She's beginning to wonder if they ever did.When Joe is asked to fix one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. The client? Unknown. The device? A 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis. Joe's once-quiet world is now populated with mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe. The only way he can survive, is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she gave up years ago, and pick up his father's old gun...

  • The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out - but there's more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, our narrator, back to their own beginnings and into the dark heart of the Jorgmund Company itself. Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey and Romantic Epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of - among other things - love and loss; of ninjas, pirates, politics; of curious heroism in strange and dangerous places; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. But it also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes - however unlikely they may seem.

  • From the author of The Gone-Away World - an exhilarating espionage murder-mystery.There has been a strange death in the quiet village of Shrewton: old Donny Caspian has lost his head. In the Copper Kettle tea rooms, Tom Rice, a junior nobody from the Treasury, puzzles over the details of the case. He has been sent by his superiors to oversee the investigation, but is he supposed to help or hinder? At the next table, octogenarian superspy Edie Banister nibbles a slice of cake and struggles not to become Miss Marple. But what is the connection between the two? Who killed Donny Caspian, and why?Taking in Rice's present and Edie's daring past, from duels on shipboard to death in back alleys, 'Edie Investigates' is a superb short story from the incomparable Nick Harkaway. Also included with this short, the first chapter of Nick Harkaway's long-awaited new novel Angelmaker.

  • Deep in the gap between the stars, the TARDIS is damaged by a temporal mine. It's not life-threatening, but the Tenth Doctor will need a while to repair the damage. But he's not alone. The strangely familiar-looking Christina thinks the Doctor has arrived in her bed and breakfast, somewhere in Wales. In fact, the TARDIS seems to have enveloped Christina's entire town - and something else is trapped inside with it. A violent, unnatural storm threatens them all and - unless it's stopped - the entire universe.

  • 'Gloriously exuberant and entertaining.' Guardian'A funny, moving and thought-provoking tale ... It's brilliant.' Independent on SundaySergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. He's spent a lot of his life being shot at. He has no family, he's nearly forty, burned out and about to be retired. The island of Mancreu is the perfect place for Lester to serve out his time - and the perfect place for shady business, too, hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: listening stations, money laundering operations, drug factories and deniable torture centres. None of which should be a problem, because Lester's brief is to turn a blind eye.But Lester has made a friend: a brilliant, internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. As Mancreu's small society tumbles into violence, the boy needs Lester to be more than just an observer. He needs him to be a hero.

  • Anglais Gnomon

    Nick Harkaway

    'Gnomon is an extraordinary novel, and one I can't stop thinking about some weeks after I read it. It is deeply troubling, magnificently strange, and an exhilarating read.' Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven'The best thing he's ever written ... It is an astonishing piece of construction, complex and witty ... It is a magnificent achievement ... He's never written a bad book, but this is the one that'll see him mentioned in the same breath as William Gibson and David Mitchell ... This book seriously just destroyed me with joy.' Warren Ellis
    'Nick Harkaway: bonkers, brilliant and hilarious ... Effervescent, clever and entirely fantastic.' Sunday Times
    '[Harkaway] is the missing, but somehow logical, link between David Mitchell and Terry Pratchett.' IndependentNear-future Britain is not just a nation under surveillance but one built on it: a radical experiment in personal transparency and ambient direct democracy. Every action is seen, every word is recorded. Diana Hunter is a refusenik, a has-been cult novelist who lives in a house with its own Faraday cage: no electronic signals can enter or leave. She runs a lending library and conducts business by barter. She is off the grid in a society where the grid is everything. Denounced, arrested and interrogated by a machine that reads your life history from your brain, she dies in custody.Mielikki Neith is the investigator charged with discovering how this tragedy occurred. Neith is Hunter's opposite. She is a woman in her prime, a stalwart advocate of the System. It is the most democratic of governments, and Neith will protect it with her life. When Neith opens the record of the interrogation, she finds not Hunter's mind but four others, none of which can possibly be there: the banker Constantine Kyriakos, pursued by a ghostly shark that eats corporations; the alchemist Athenais Karthagonensis, jilted lover of St Augustine of Hippo and mother to his dead son, kidnapped and required to perform a miracle; Berihun Bekele, artist and grandfather, who must escape an arson fire by walking through walls - if only he can remember how; and Gnomon, a sociopathic human intelligence from a distant future, falling backwards in time to conduct four assassinations.Aided - or perhaps opposed - by the pale and paradoxical Regno Lönnrot, Neith must work her way through the puzzles of her case and find the meaning of these impossible lives. Hunter has left her a message, but is it one she should heed, or a lie to lead her into catastrophe? And as the stories combine and the secrets and encryptions of Gnomon are revealed, the question becomes the most fundamental of all: who will live, and who will die?

  • From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can save the world from total destruction.
    Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique clocks. The son of infamous London criminal Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, he has turned his back on his family’s mobster history and aims to live a quiet life. That orderly existence is suddenly upended when Joe activates a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism. His client, Edie Banister, is more than the kindly old lady she appears to be--she’s a retired international secret agent. And the device? It’s a 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the British government and a diabolical South Asian dictator who is also Edie’s old arch-nemesis. On the upside, Joe’s got a girl: a bold receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and sex appeal may be just what he needs. With Joe’s once-quiet world suddenly overrun by mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she abandoned years ago and pick up his father’s old gun . . .
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • From the author of The Gone-Away World and the forthcoming Angelmaker--an exhilarating espionage murder-mystery eShort.
    There has been a strange death in the quiet village of Shrewton: old Donny Caspian has lost his head. In the Copper Kettle tea rooms, Tom Rice, a junior nobody from the Treasury, puzzles over the details of the case. He has been sent by his superiors to oversee the investigation, but is he supposed to help or hinder? At the next table, octogenarian superspy Edie Banister nibbles a slice of cake and struggles not to become Miss Marple. But what is the connection between the two? Who killed Donny Caspian, and why?
    Taking in Rice's present and Edie's daring past, from duels on shipboard to death in back alleys, “Edie Investigates” is a superb short story from the incomparable Nick Harkaway.
    Also included with this short, the first chapter of Nick Harkaway's long-awaited new novel Angelmaker.

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