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- DescriptionThis stunning debut novel follows one man's quest to find the missing link in evolutionary science - through the life of a maverick nineteenth century inventor. Douglas Pitt is a man obsessed. His quest to prove the genius of Samuel Highgate Syme, inventor and pioneering American geologist, has stalled. Pitt's postulation is simple enough: Syme, through some fault, wrong-doing or mischance, has not been credited for hitting upon the key-discovery of modern geology - the theory of continental drift. Laughed at and dismissed at every turn, Pitt's luck changes when he discovers a contemporary manuscript written by a scientist, Friedrich Muller, which recounts a year (1821) in the company of the irrepressible Syme. Perhaps this will finally reveal his genius . . .
- Author BiographyBenjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics. Since then he has taught high school English, edited a left-wing cultural magazine and written essays, stories and reviews for, among other publications, The New York Times, The Guardian, The London Review of Books and the Paris Review. He has written four previous novels, The Syme Papers, Either Side of Winter, Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment. Markovits has lived in London since 2000 and is married with a daughter and a son. He teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
- Author(s)Benjamin Markovits
- PublisherFaber & Faber
- Date of Publication03/03/2005
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFaber & Faber
- Weight387 g
- Width127 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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