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  • Published: 9 May 1997
  • ISBN: 9780749398743
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 768
  • RRP: $39.99
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The Pope's Rhinoceros



'Spell-binding entertainment, richly imagined, painstakingly researched, superbly paced and utterly gripping' - Michael Dibdin, Independent on Sunday

In February 1516, a Portugese ship sank with the loss of all hands a mile off the coast of Italy. The Nostra Senora da Adjuda had sailed 14000 miles from the Indian kingdom Gujarat: her mission, to deliver a rhinoceros to the Pope. The Pope's Rhinoceros tells the stories which culminate in this bizarre incident. Ranging from the Baltic Sea to a flyblown colony in India, from a tribe hidden in the African rain forest to atrocities committed in an obscure town in Tuscany, Norfolk's brilliant novel holds up the true history of the rhinoceros as a mirror to the fantasies and obsessions of the Renaissance.

  • Published: 9 May 1997
  • ISBN: 9780749398743
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 768
  • RRP: $39.99
Categories:

About the author

Lawrence Norfolk

Lawrence Norfolk was born in London in 1963. He read English at King's College, London, graduating in 1986. He began teaching, studied for a Ph.D., and worked as a freelance writer on a number of reference books, contributing articles and reviews to magazines and journals including the Times Literary Supplement. He has written several novels including; Lempriere's Dictionary, Pope's Rhinoceros and In the Shape of a Boar.

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