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BYATT, A.S. The Biographer's Tale. London : Chatto & Windus, (2000). First Printing. Pp. (6),1-265,(1). 8vo, red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "In this witty, Borges-like novel, A.S. Byatt weaves a dazzling fiction out of one man's search for fact. Fed up with stultifying criticism, Phineas G.decides to study the messiness of 'real life'. Doing nothing by halves he sets out to write a biography of a great biographer. But a 'whole life' is hard to find. How do we put the idea of a person together? Everywhere he looks he finds fragments and gaps: disconnected typescripts, bones and husks,boxes of marbles, collections of photographs. Trails run cold and mysterie s are unresolved. Phineas feels he is hunting shadows. Like a shaman flyingacross the globe, his mind tracks the journeys of his subjects to the dese rts of Africa and the maelstroms of the Arctic, where the shapes of myth meet the patterns of science. He meets others building wholes from bits and pieces: taxonomists, ecologists, even travel agents offering the trip of your dreams. In the process eh also puzzles out his own future -- but which woman will guide him out of the labyrinth? Tantalising, comic and rueful, 'The Biographer's Tale' is a modern delight, a colour-filled novel of detection and desire." - from the dustjacket. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 20.00
Title: Biographer's Tale. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London, 2000, ISBN:0701169451:
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