Erasmas, 'Raz', is a young avout living in the Concent, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers. Three times during history's darkest epochs, violence has invaded and devastated the cloistered community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe.
But they now prepare to open the Concent's gates to the outside world, in celebration of a once-a-decade rite. Suddenly, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world – as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet…and beyond.
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Plato would have felt right at home.User Review - Denzil Pugh - Borders
Book Review: Anathem, by Neal Stephenson. A tome of a novel that took me forever to read, but I thouroughly enjoyed it. Born of the same ideas that made science-fiction the highly profitable, and ... Read full review
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Anathem, like all Stephenson's novels, is too grand in scope to be corralled into one genre. His writing is so inventive and unparalleled that to categorize him is to diminish his accomplishments ... Read full review