Cloud Atlas Setting & Symbolism

David Mitchell (author)
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Chatham Islands

The Chatham Islands are the Polynesian setting for the first "Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing" chapter. They are, presumably, located in the Pacific Ocean, near enough to New Zealand for the Maoris to arrive by wooden canoe-like crafts.

Chateau Zedelgheim

Located just outside of the town of Bruges in Belgium, Chateau Zedelgheim is the home of aging composer Vyvyan Ayrs, his wife, Jocasta, and his teenage daughter, Eva. It is there that Robert Forbischer goes to escape his creditors and assist Mr. Ayrs in "Letters from Chateau Zedelgheim." Frobisher stays at the Chateau for nearly a year, posting over a dozen letters from there to his friend in England, Rufus Sixsmith.

Buenas Yerbas

Buenas Yerbas is a town in California and the setting for "Half-Lives: the First Mystery of Luisa Rey." It is located just outside of the Swannekke Island...

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