Cloud Cuckoo Land

Author(s): Anthony Doerr


The spectacular and heartbreaking new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See.

Cloud Cuckoo Land follows three storylines: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city wall during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour and gentle octogenarian Zeno, in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for a distant exoplanet, decades from now.

A single copy of an ancient text - the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to the paradise of Cloud Cuckoo Land - provides solace, mystery and the most profound human connection to these five unforgettable characters.

Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Zeno, Seymour and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders, struggling to survive and finding resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.

Staff Review

In this book Cloud Cuckoo Land is a fable, and it is the thread that readers follow through each character’s graceful and suspenseful story. From 1400s Constantinople to the Korean War in the 20st century, a public library in present Ohio, and a spaceship 65 years into its voyage from Earth. This is a joyous epic, easy to read and compelling, with a philosophical edge, that centers the significance of the written word throughout history.

-Tor ⚡


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'Thoughtful and accessible, I really enjoyed it.' - April

Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, currently in development as a Netflix limited series. He is also the author of two short story collections, Memory Wall and The Shell Collector; the novel About Grace; and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, all published by 4th Estate. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

General Fields

  • : 9780008478650
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • : Harper Element
  • : 0.671
  • : April 2021
  • : 4.2 Centimeters X 15.4 Centimeters X 23.5 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anthony Doerr
  • : 640
  • : en
  • : 2110
  • : Paperback