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

The Pope's Rhinoceros


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SALES POINTS: * Sunday Times bestseller upon hardback publication. * Ecstatic hardback reviews and astonishing word of mouth prise will guarantee that this is a major spring bestseller. * 'ahead of every writer of his generation. . . ' James Saynor, Observer * Lempriere's Dictionary has sold over three quarters of a million copies world wide. * Extensive POS and massive author promotion planned.

THE BOOK: 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 conlony in India, from a tribe hidden in the African rain forest to atrocities committed in 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.

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

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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