Synopses & Reviews
What is it to be human? This question, as in Birdsong
, is at the heart of Human Traces
The story begins in Brittany where a young, poor boy somehow passes his medical exams and goes to Paris, where he attends the lectures of Charcot, the Parisian neurologist who set the world on its head in the 1870s. With a friend, he sets up a clinic in the mysterious mountain district of Carinthia in south-east Austria.
If The Girl at the Lion dOr was a simple three-movement symphony, Birdsong an opera, Charlotte Gray a complex four-movement symphony and On Green Dolphin Street a concerto, then Human Traces is a Wagnerian grand opera.
About the Author
Sebastian Faulks is best known for his French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion dOr, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray. He has also worked extensively as a journalist.