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The Quest for Corvo

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Author: Symons, A.J.A.
ISBN: 9780241312995
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2018
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 196mm x 129mm x 24mm
Format: Paperback / softback

One summer afternoon A.J.A. Symons is handed a peculiar novel called Hadrian the Seventh and, captivated by this forgotten masterpiece, determines to learn everything he can about its mysterious author. Symons proceeds as a detective might, investigating leads, collecting evidence and corresponding with witnesses. The object of his search is Frederick Rolfe, the self-appointed Baron Corvo – artist, rejected candidate for priesthood and author of serially autobiographical fictions – and its story is told in The Quest for Corvo a dazzling portrait of an insoluble tangle of talents, frustrated ambitions, arrogance and paranoia.

The book, which reads with all the excitement of detective fiction, is at once a literary pilgrimage and reflection on the obsessions and deceptions which lie at the heart of biography.