The Gold Machine

Pages: 432
Subject: History, Literature
Imprint: Oneworld

The Gold Machine

In the Tracks of the Mule Dancers

Iain Sinclair

A journey through time and space, grappling with the ghosts of empire
9781786079190 (2 Sep 2021)
RRP £20.00 / US$30.00

The Book

What does following in the footsteps of our ancestors mean? Iain Sinclair takes it literally.

In The Gold Machine, Sinclair and his daughter travel through Peru, guided by the itinerary of an ill-fated colonial expedition led by his great-grandfather, Arthur Sinclair.

Victorian Adventist missionaries are contrasted with today's ecotourists, coffee plantations with cocaine territories and the charms of family history are set against the brutal realities of land grabs and empire run amok.

A Boys' Own Adventure story in leather-bound book is transformed into a shocking tale of the violated rights of indigenous people, secret dealings between London finance and Peruvian government, and the collusion of the church in colonial expansion. In other words, a beautiful valley is now the property of a British corporation. In Sinclair's haunting prose, no place escapes its past, and nor can we.

Additional Information

Subject History, Literature
Pages 432
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Iain Sinclair is the award-winning writer of numerous critically acclaimed books on London, including The Last London, Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and London Overground. He won the Encore Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Downriver. He lives in Hackney, East London.


‘Sentence for sentence, there is no more interesting writer at work in English.'

- John Lanchester

‘Sinclair walks every inch of his wonderful psychogeographies, pacing out huge word-courses like an architect laying out a city on an empty plain.'

- J.G. Ballard

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