By Neal Stephenson
Fraa Erasmas is a tender avout residing within the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, shielded from the corrupting affects of the skin "saecular" global by means of historic stone, commemorated traditions, and complicated rituals. Over the centuries, towns and governments have risen and fallen past the concent's partitions. thrice in the course of history's darkest epochs violence born of superstition and lack of awareness has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic neighborhood. but the avout have consistently controlled to conform within the wake of disaster, turning into out of necessity much more austere and no more depending on know-how and fabric issues. And Erasmas has no worry of the skin -- the Extramuros -- for the final of the negative instances was once lengthy, lengthy ago.
Now, in social gathering of the week-long, once-in-a-decade ceremony of Apert, the fraas and suurs organize to enterprise past the concent's gates -- even as beginning them huge to welcome the curious "extras" in. in the course of his first Apert as a fraa, Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and relatives he hasn't obvious because he used to be "collected." yet sooner than the week is out, either the life he deserted and the single he embraced will stand poised on the point of cataclysmic change.
Powerful unexpected forces jeopardize the peaceable balance of mathic lifestyles and the confirmed ennui of the Extramuros -- a possibility that merely an unsteady alliance of saecular and avout can oppose -- as, one after the other, Erasmas and his colleagues, lecturers, and associates are summoned forth from the security of the concent in hopes of heading off international catastrophe. all at once stressed with a fabulous accountability, Erasmas reveals himself an incredible participant in a drama that would ascertain the way forward for his global -- as he units out on a rare odyssey that would hold him to the main harmful, inhospitable corners of the planet . . . and beyond.
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Anathem by Neal Stephenson