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Babel Limited Edition

Babel Limited Edition

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By R.F. Kuang
Illustration By Abigail Larson

Grim Oak Press is proud to present Babel by Subterranean Press.


  • There is a limit of one copy per edition per person/household.


From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire.

Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.

1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enroll in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation—also known as Babel.

Babel is the world's center for translation and, more importantly, magic. Silver working—the art of manifesting the meaning lost in translation using enchanted silver bars—has made the British unparalleled in power, as its knowledge serves the Empire’s quest for colonization.

For Robin, Oxford is a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. But knowledge obeys power, and as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realizes serving Babel means betraying his motherland. As his studies progress, Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organization dedicated to stopping imperial expansion. When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide…

This oversized signed limited edition will feature:
    • Oversized, 7 x 10 trim size
    • Printed offset in two colors (black and Pantone®) on 70# archival quality paper in Opaque Bright White
    • Signed by R. F. Kuang
    • Art by Abigail Larson
    • Duotone chapter head
    • Four color plates, illustrating each of the main characters
    • Full color endsheets
    • Smyth-sewn binding
    • 560 pages

    This limited edition is casebound in cloth, with foil stamping on the spine of the book. It includes a full color wraparound dust jacket.


Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies

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