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  • Published: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099530282
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $22.99
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Mantissa


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John Fowles' provocative and playful battle of the sexes available for the first time in Vintage Classics paperback

Miles Green wakes up in a mysterious hospital with no idea of how he got there or who he is. He definitely doesn't remember his wife, or his children's names. An impossibly shapely specialist doctor tells him his memory nerve-centre is connected to sexual activity, and calls in the even shapelier Nurse Cory to assist with treatment... In the most unorthodox of hospital rooms we eavesdrop on the serious discourse, virulent abuse and hilarious mockery of the erotic guerilla war that is Mantissa.

  • Pub date: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099530282
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

John Fowles

John Fowles was born in 1926. He won international recognition with The Collector, his first published title, in 1963. He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power, and this reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works: The Aristos, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa, and A Maggot. John Fowles died in Lyme Regis in 2005. Two volumes of his Journals have recently been published; the first in 2003, the second in 2006.

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Praise for Mantissa

“The novel seeks to explore the nature of reality and creativity, the alienations of art, the evolution of literature to its present self-conscious phase, the relationship between the sexes, and much more”

Martin Amis, Observer

“The only writer in English who has the power, range, knowledge, and wisdom of Tolstoy or James”

John Gardner

“John Fowles is an artist of great imaginative power”

Sunday Times


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