David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas

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book.jpgCloud Atlas (Random House), by the extravagantly gifted David Mitchell, traces the consequences of greed from the beginnings of imperialism far into the future and the end of civilization. It's a wild ride with a new generation's wunderkind. (The film, a science fiction drama based on the novel, is now playing at theaters.)

Read an excerpt from Cloud Atlas.

Note: This program was originally broadcast on January 20, 2005.

Banner image: Paul Stuart