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The biographer's tale / A.S. Byatt.

The biographer's tale / A.S. Byatt.
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ISBN 0375411143
9780375725081
Author Byatt, A. S. (Antonia Susan), 1936-
Title The biographer's tale / A.S. Byatt.
Edition 1st American ed.
Publisher/Date New York : Vintage Books, 2001.
Pagination etc. 305 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Note "The Biographer's Tale tells the story of Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted young 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. For what could be more real than biography, the "art of things, of arranged facts"? But Phineas quickly discovers that facts can be unreliable, and a "whole life" hard to find. No matter how hard he tries, he unearths only fragments - disconnected manuscripts, bones and husks, strands of poetry, boxes of marbles, undated photographs. How does one put together the idea of a person?".
"Phineas tracks his subjects' journeys to the deserts of Africa and the maelstroms of the Arctic in a series of adventures that are by turns intellectual and comic, scientific and erotic. He meets others who are building wholes from bits and pieces: a beautiful radiographer, ecologists, anthropologists, even travel agents offering the trip of your dreams. But they seem only to make his task more difficult. And as he tries to sort through the cabinet of curiosities that is the past, he must also decide his own future, and face the most difficult puzzle of all: which woman will guide him out of his dizzying labyrinth and back into his own life?"--BOOK JACKET.
Subject - Name LinnĂ¢e, Carl von, -- 1707-1778 -- Fiction
Galton, Francis -- Sir, 1822-1911 -- Fiction
Ibsen, Henrik, -- 1828-1906 -- Fiction
Subject Biography as a literary form -- Fiction
Biographers -- Fiction
Young men -- Fiction
Psychological fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Shelf Location F BYAT
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