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A dramatic style, an unusual narrative structure and a penchant for the occult: the libretto of Sunken Garden clearly bears the distinctive mark of writer David Mitchell. What’s it like for a novelist to write for the stage? Are Simon Vines, Zenna Law and Amber Jacquemain typical Mitchell characters, even though they express themselves in song? Mieke van der Weij will encourage Mitchell to probe deeper into the literary aspects of the opera and how the libretto fits in with his wider oeuvre, which includes the bestsellers Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. In collaboration with Van Rossum Bookstore.