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An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of an elusive Old Master.

Invited to dinner by the boorish local landowner, Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his art-historian wife are asked to assess three dusty paintings blocking the draught from the chimney. But hiding beneath the soot is nothing less-Martin believes-than a lost work by Bruegel. So begins a hilarious trail of lies and concealments, desperate schemes and soaring hopes as Martin, betting all that he owns and much that he doesn't, embarks on a quest to prove his hunch, win his wife over, and separate the painting from its owner.

In Headlong, Michael Frayn, "the master of what is seriously funny" (Anthony Burgess), offers a procession of superbly realized characters, from the country squire gone to seed to his giddy, oversexed young wife. All are burdened by human muddle and human cravings; all are searching for a moral compass as they grapple with greed, folly, and desire. And at the heart of the clamor is Breugel's vision, its dark tones warning of the real risks of temptation and obsession.

With this new novel, Michael Frayn has given us entertainment of the highest order. Supremely wise and wickedly funny, Headlong elevates Frayn into the front rank of contemporary novelists.

About the Author

One of the greatest living English dramatists, Michael Frayn is also the author of seven novels and three screenplays. Headlong is his first novel to appear in the United States since Now You Know came out in 1993. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805062854
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Frayn, Michael
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20000901
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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