Fate takes many forms. . . .
When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey—named Beatrice and Virgil—and the epic journey they undertake together.
With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.
From the Hardcover edition.
Nine years after his bestselling Booker-winning LIFE OF PI, Yann Martel returns with a richly layered tale that grapples with the issue of how to address the horrors of the Holocaust in art. The story revolves around Henry, the author of a bestselling book reminiscent of LIFE OF PI, as he struggles to break out of a crippling case of writer's block and find a way to complete a Holocaust-themed second novel. Henry's creative breakthrough comes in the form of an unexpected relationship with an eccentric taxidermist who has spent his life working on an existential play featuring a talking donkey and monkey. A philosophically complex novel, BEATRICE AND VIRGIL features a wide range of stylistic approaches: semi-autobiographical descriptions of the writing life, essayistic musings on the relationship between art and reality, and allegorical excerpts from the taxidermist's play. At turns comic, whimsical, thoughtful, and deeply disturbing, Martel's novel is a profound yet playful look at art's ability to address morality.
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- February 22, 2011
- February 22, 2011
- Yann Martel