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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 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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Phineas G. Nanson sets out to write a biography of a great biographer, only to discover that the fragmentary facts and bits of information are difficult to put together, a discovery that becomes a metaphor for his own complex life.

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Possession comes an ingenious new novel about love and literary sleuthing. Tantalizing, witty, and delightfully rueful, The Biographer's Tale is the story of a disenchanted postgraduate student who decides to study 'the messiness of real life' by writing a biography of a great biographer.

About the Author

A.S. Byatt, author of the Booker Prize-winning Possession, is one of Britain's leading novelists. Her recent, highly-acclaimed Babel Tower was the last part of a trilogy of the post-war years which began with The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life. Her latest collection of short stories was Elementals (1998). She was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1999.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375413421
Publisher:
A.A. Knopf
Subject:
General
Author:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
Byatt, Antonia Susan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Biography as a literary form
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Biographers
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
305

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"Synopsis" by , Phineas G. Nanson sets out to write a biography of a great biographer, only to discover that the fragmentary facts and bits of information are difficult to put together, a discovery that becomes a metaphor for his own complex life.
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning author of Possession comes an ingenious new novel about love and literary sleuthing. Tantalizing, witty, and delightfully rueful, The Biographer's Tale is the story of a disenchanted postgraduate student who decides to study 'the messiness of real life' by writing a biography of a great biographer.
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