‘Piranesi’ by Susanna Clarke

Ciervo Blanco Book Club organizes a book discussion in English about the novel ‘Piranesi’ by Susanna Clarke

This is a free book discussion in English, organized at not cost for the attendees. The only requirement is to read the book!

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Winner of the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Winner of the 2021 Audie Awards Audiobook of the Year.

Shortlisted for The Costa Novel of The Year Award.

Sunday Times and New York Times best seller.

Chosen as A Book of The Year by the TimesGuardianObserverDaily TelegraphFinancial TimesI PaperNew StatesmanSpectatorTime MagazineTimes Literary SupplementBBC CultureNetgalley and the Church Times.

The spectacular new audiobook from the best-selling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, ‘one of our greatest living authors,’ New York Magazine.

Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has.

In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls. On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone.

Messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk on the pavements. There is someone new in the House. But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?

Lost texts must be found, secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.

The beauty of the House is immeasurable; its kindness infinite.

“What a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being…. Piranesi is an exquisite puzzle-box.” (David Mitchell)

“It’s always great to have some fiction to heartily recommend, and while there’s been stiff competition this year, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke has won out in the end. A masterful work of weird fiction, it’s a novel that grips, perplexes and moves you, usually all at once!” (Observer, The Best Books of 2020)

“The fiction, nonfiction and poetry that deepened our understanding, ignited our curiosity and helped us escape…. For fantasy readers often eager to get lost in mystical worlds and escape the complications of real life, Piranesi’s predicament deeply resonates.” (Time, Books of the Year)

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Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham in 1959. A nomadic childhood was spent in towns in Northern England and Scotland. She was educated at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and has worked in various areas of non-fiction publishing, including Gordon Fraser and Quarto. In 1990, she left London and went to Turin to teach English to stressed-out executives of the Fiat motor company. The following year she taught English in Bilbao.

She returned to England in 1992 and spent the rest of that year in County Durham, in a house that looked out over the North Sea. There she began working on her first novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
From 1993 to 2003, Susanna Clarke was an editor at Simon and Schuster’s Cambridge office, where she worked on their cookery list.

She has published seven short stories and novellas in US anthologies. One, “The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse,” first appeared in a limited-edition, illustrated chapbook from Green Man Press. Another, “Mr Simonelli or The Fairy Widower,” was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award in 2001.

She lives in Cambridge with her partner, the novelist and reviewer Colin Greenland.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: It’s not necessary to book in advance anymore, just show up at the designated place on the day and time of the discussion and we’ll be there. We’re usually 12-15 people for the famous books, and around 6-8 people for the less known ones.

Book discussion: ‘Piranesi’ by Susanna Clarke

When: Sunday, October 30th, 2022 at 18:00 (6pm, Madrid local time)

Where: Narizotas Bar, C. de Fernando el Católico, 77, 28015 Madrid


Language: English (we’ll debate in English)

Organizer: Adrian Diaz

Contact: +34 668853320

Mandatory: Read the book

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