“Brasyl” by Ian McDonald
Following on from 2005’s superb take on India-around-the-corner, “River Of Gods”, McDonald’s take on the glorious technicolour society of Brazil is as lush as the Amazon and as slick as the 21st century TV executives featured in one of its three strands. It’s wildly imaginative and it’s filled with truth. It combines Jesuit missionaries, football, capoeira, and quantum computing into a wholly satisfying conclusion. It feels like a VR tour of the most bewildering country on the planet, and it makes you want to go there.
I knew I’d love this book, and I was right.