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Publisher Comments:

From “a writer of remarkable gifts,” “Borges with emotional weight, comes a tale that is at once a fantastical historical mystery, a haunting love story, and a glimpse into the uncanny—the quest for a long-lost book detailing the animals left off Noah’s Ark.

Xeno Atlas grows up in the Bronx, his Sicilian grandmother’s strange stories of animal spirits his only escape from the legacy of his mother’s early death and his stern father’s long absences as a common seaman. Shunted off to an isolated boarding school, with his father’s activities abroad and the source of his newfound wealth grown increasingly mysterious, Xeno turns his early fascination with animals into a personal obsession: his search for the Caravan Bestiary. This medieval text, lost for eight hundred years, supposedly details the animals not granted passage on the Ark—griffins, hippogriffs, manticores, and basilisks—the vanished remnants of a lost world sometimes glimpsed in the shadowy recesses of our own.

Xeno’s quest takes him from the tenements of New York to the jungles of Vietnam to the ancient libraries of Europe—but it is only by riddling out his own family secrets that he can hope to find what he is looking for. A story of panoramic scope and intellectual suspense, The Bestiary is ultimately a tale of heartbreak and redemption.

Synopsis:

Fascinated by animals of all kinds, young Xeno Atlas's obsession sends him on a personal quest to find the long-lost Caravan Bestiary, a medieval manuscript describing the animals that were not given passage on Noah's Ark that has been missing for eight centuries, journeying around the world and into the heart of his own family secrets to find the missing book. 25,000 first printing.

About the Author

Nicholas Christopher is the author of four previous novels, The Soloist, Veronica, A Trip to the Stars, and Franklin Flyer, eight books of poetry, and a book about film noir, Somewhere in the Night. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440337041
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Dial Press
Author:
Nicholas, Christopher
Author:
Christopher, Nicholas
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Bestiaries
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070626
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
307

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Adventure

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"Synopsis" by , Fascinated by animals of all kinds, young Xeno Atlas's obsession sends him on a personal quest to find the long-lost Caravan Bestiary, a medieval manuscript describing the animals that were not given passage on Noah's Ark that has been missing for eight centuries, journeying around the world and into the heart of his own family secrets to find the missing book. 25,000 first printing.
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