Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution (MP3 CD)

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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang, Billie Fulford-Brown (Read by), Chris Lew Kum Hoi (Read by) Cover Image
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Dark Academia + “burn it all down” vibes w/ a biracial protagonist in early 1800s Oxford. In this standalone fantasy filled with footnotes, silver bars are imbued with magical properties through the art of language translation. Kuang masterfully examines the traumas of colonialism and racism and how language is a tool of power for the British Empire. Babel is angry, ambitious, brilliant, and full of rage.

— Christine

September 2022 Indie Next List


“Finishing a book like this is equal parts pleasure and pain: pleasure in reading something so striking and beautiful juxtaposed by the pain of it ending. Few books have brought tears to my eyes; Kuang’s Babel is now numbered among them.”
— Maxwell Leaning, Paragraphs Bookstore, Mount Vernon, OH



Product Details
ISBN: 9798200975860
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2022
Language: English