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Sea of Eden

Translated by Sophie Hughes
Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster


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The epic literary adventure novel that has transfixed readers and critics alike in Spain

The epic literary adventure novel that has transfixed readers and critics alike in Spain

En route from Los Angeles to Singapore, a passenger plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Dozens of passengers survive, but with no means of contacting the outside world and no sign of rescue on the horizon, they must build a new life on a small, seemingly deserted island. The eclectic group of survivors – which includes two Mormons, a Catholic bishop, a yoga guru, and a Chilean writer with the mysterious moniker Roberto B. – soon learn that nothing is quite as it seems in their new home.

With its cinematic, vivid prose and unforgettable cast of characters, Sea of Eden is at once a bold commentary on the way we live now and a gripping adventure novel. Echoing the best of David Mitchell, Haruki Murakami and Thomas Pynchon, this is already considered a modern classic in Spain, expertly translated here by Sophie Hughes.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (March 14, 2023)
  • Length: 624 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781786079206

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Raves and Reviews

'An audacious figure with a cult following among those seeking an alternative to more naturalist writing.'

– Times Literary Supplement

'Andrés Ibañez is an extraordinary novelist. Sea of Eden is outlandish, unexpected and unusual... Andrés Ibáñez's masterpiece situates the author comfortably alongside Roberto Bolaño.'

– ABC Cultural

'The author breaks rules few novelists would dare to violate...and the experiment works. Sea of Eden is an
ambitious, maximalist, cosmopolitan, encyclopaedic novel overflowing with vitality.'

– Eduardo Lago, Revista de libros

'A work of great experience and enlightenment, unique not only in the landscape of recent Spanish literature but, I would argue, across our entire literary history. Pure literary magic, of the kind we encounter only in the work of great talents.'

– Revista de Libros

'A literary wonder of unbridled imagination.'

– Diario de Lecturas

'An excellent and entertaining novel... A story of feeling and passion in which love, friendship, eroticism, hatred, suspicion, pleasure and pain are always present, not to mention humour.'

– Babelia

'A book that will fill many hours with pleasurable, entertaining, philosophical reading.'

– El Placer de la Lectura

'One of the most necessary, ambitious and, yes, fun novels published in Spanish (or, indeed, in any language) in the past few decades.'


'[Ibáñez is], quite simply, a genius.'

– La Vanguardia

'There are no limits to his capabilities as a storyteller... If there's a writer who can pull off new tricks, whilst staying true to his well-established, unmistakable fictional universe, it's Ibañez.'

– El Cultural

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