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  • Published: 15 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9780099442646
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $19.99

Tales Of Protection


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'Hansen is a writer of genuine depth of feeling and width of interest' Independent

From nineteenth-century Sweden to Renaissance Italy, Hansen weaves together exquisite stories in a searching and impressive enquiry into why things happen the way they do- Bolt has died and lies in his coffin reflecting on the past. An eccentric scientist, he devoted his life to a vast research undertaking - collecting random incidents from the history of the species and finding the underlying pattern that connects them. His reveries lead him to tell two other tales - one of a doomed lighthouse keeper on a Swedish island and another of rivalry among Renaissance artists - and finally to tell a startling tale from his own early manhood.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9780099442646
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Erik Fosnes Hansen

Erik Fosnes Hansen, born in 1965, is the author of Psalm at Journey's End. He lives in Oslo with his family.


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