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The antiquarian

Author: Gustavo Faverón Patriau; Joseph Mulligan
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A renowned psycholinguist delves into the confession of a once-dear friend, a rare book collector who is incarcerated in a mental institution for killing his fiancée, told to him in bits of novels, fables, and historical allusions.
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Psychological fiction
Mystery fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gustavo Faverón Patriau; Joseph Mulligan
ISBN: 9780802121608 0802121608
OCLC Number: 880675130
Language Note: Translated from Spanish.
Description: 209 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Anticuario.
Responsibility: Gustavo Faverón Patriau ; translated from the Spanish by Joseph Mulligan.

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"Delightfully macabre. . . . A novel in which storytelling can prove redemptive, but it can also kill. . . . "The Antiquarian" is steeped in alienation, shame, mourning and disgust. It is Read more...

 
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