A provocative new novel with the historical density of Patrick Susskind's Perfume and the multilayered elegance of Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. "A dazzling tour de force . . . a fantastic richness of detail and psychological insight . . . steeped in the Vienna of the Hapsburg Empress Maria Theresa. . . ".--Edward Said.
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"'So gripping that one reads it at a gallop, almost frantically waiting for more revelations and turns in the story. All in all a brilliant performance' - Edward Said 'Taking historical personalities like toys from a box and giving them new life is the most creative way of playing (in the best sense of the term). It gives another dimension to the theme of this book - the conflict between official medicine and "healers" - and shows that no medicine is effective unless it's based on a philosophy of nature' - Gregor von Rezzoli"About the Author:
Brian O'Doherty lives in New York where he is available for interview. His Booker Prize 2000 shortlisted novel, The Deposition of Father McGreevy, is also published by Arcadia.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140179267