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The Biographer's Tale - A.S. Byatt
The Biographer's Tale
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From the award-winning author of Possession comes an ingenious novel about love and literary sleuthing: a dazzling fiction woven out of one man’s search for fact.Here is the story of Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted graduate student who decides to escape the world of postmodern literary theory... show more
From the award-winning author of Possession comes an ingenious novel about love and literary sleuthing: a dazzling fiction woven out of one man’s search for fact.Here is the story of Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted graduate student who 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 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375725081 (0375725083)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 305
Edition language: English
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it's all small stuff
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5.0 The Biographer's Tale: A Novel
A complex read about the journeys one disillusioned academic must take that lead to unexpected discoveries about himself and things he thought he knew. As always, Byatt never disappoints; her own diligently investigated topical research is woven into the backstory with a fine hand, and her ability t...
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Story of a graduate student of lit crit who gives it up for the more concrete pursuit of facts, by writing the ultimate biography of a biographer. So layers of stories and lengthy and detailed diversions into the diverse interests of the original subject. All very disjointed and annoying. The narrat...
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