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The biographer's tale

Author: A S Byatt
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted graduate student, decides to escape the world of postmodern literary theory and immerse himself in the messiness of "real life" by writing a biography of a great biographer. In a series of adventures that are by turns intellectual and comic, scientific and sensual, Phineas tracks his subject to the deserts of Africa and the maelstrom of the Arctic. Along the way he comes to rely on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Named Person: Carl von Linné; Francis Galton; Henrik Ibsen
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A S Byatt
ISBN: 0375725083 9780375725081
OCLC Number: 48645709
Description: 305 p. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: A.S. Byatt.

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Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted graduate student, decides to escape the world of postmodern literary theory and immerse himself in the messiness of "real life" by writing a biography of a great biographer. In a series of adventures that are by turns intellectual and comic, scientific and sensual, Phineas tracks his subject to the deserts of Africa and the maelstrom of the Arctic. Along the way he comes to rely on two women, one of whom may be the guide he needs to get out of the dizzying labyrinth of his research and back into his own life. A tantalizing yarn of detection and desire, The Biographer's Tale is a provocative look at "truth" in biography and our perennial quest for certainty.

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