Novel by A. S. Byatt


This intelligent, literary, and ambitious thriller will take its place alonside The Name of the Rose and Waterland as Umberto Eco's scholarly monk and Graham Swift's history teacher are joined by another unconventional type of 'natural detective,' the literary critic...[Byatt] combines the drive of the thriller with the measured exploration of human nature more normally associated with the nineteenth-century novel, and thoughout she threads the poetry and passion of 'romance'. - The Times (London)

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