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Fata Morgana [Paperback]

William Kotzwinkle
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Sep 1983
"Pure magic. The mystery turns on the convoluted history of an old master toy maker will makes his toys with such skill that they have lives of their own. It would be advisable to sit down while reading what the toys finally do." --Playboy At the fashionable salon of Ric Lazare you can have your fortune told by an amazing machine of unerring accuracy. But the Paris police think Lazare is a con man and send Inspector Picard to investigate. Inspector Picard prefers lemon tarts and prostitutes to high society; and he is unprepared for the string of murders that pulls him across the continent until he is tangled in the killer's last seductive knot. A landmark in the history of detective fiction, mystery is taken to the level of enchantment in this lyrical thriller set in the glitter of nineteenth century Paris. "Alternately dark and glittering...a first rate vaudeville turn, a comedic mask lightly stretched over enigmatic questions...a witty sendup of the detective story, an intriguing meditation on illusion and the conjurer's art, an antic fantasy done with a richness of invention that doffs a hat to Dickens... Inspector Picard's quest takes him across a vividly imagined Europe, a continent of the mind, peopled with wonderfully baroque characters. The illusion, in all its myriad forms abounds. Everywhere there are magical happenings...and everywhere, there is the magic wrought by Kotzwinkle himself." --The Chicago Tribune William Kotzwinkle books at E-Reads: DOCTOR RAT, FATA MORGANA, THE EXILE
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reprint edition (Sep 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380646919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380646913
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,586,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, massively underrated work of art 18 Feb 2001
Kotzwinkle's tale of a Parisian detectives's battle to snare a salon fortune teller is a massively underrated work of art. I first read this book in the eighties, and it remains one of my favourite novels. The cop, Picard, is a plump, middle-aged cynic with a fondness for prostitutes and lemon tarts. His hunt for the truth about the novel's villain, the formidable, ever-mocking Ric Lazare, leads him into a web of dark mystery and magic. A beautiful little masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kotzwinkle's master work 31 Mar 2010
Kotzwinkle must be the most idiosyncratic (some might say the weirdest) writer active today. One of his works, for example, is "The Bear who went over the mountain", a story about a Grizzly who attacks and devours a writer who has sequestered himself in a mountain cabin in order to finish his great novel, and then walks over the mountain into metropolitan Southern California, carrying the manuscript, where he (the bear) finds himself a feted literary celebrity! Fata Morgana is, in my view, his masterwork. It is a homage to the great early detective writing of Edgar Allen Poe, but - just as Virgil did much more than merely imitate Homer - so Kotzwinkle adds a brilliant modern touch to Poe's originality. Inspector Paul Picard - alias Monsieur Fanjoy - is for me the greatest literary detective of all. In this story he encounters every form of human conceit and deceit as he pursues a sinister magician who possesses a deadly fortune telling machine.

Kotzwinkle, better than any other writer I know, is the master of the single detail that tells you everything about a character in a brief, microcosmic glimpse into their unconscious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sensual, literate feast. 8 Feb 1999
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Kotzwinkle is one of the most lyrical writers around, and this book is one of his best. Fata Morgana is a true magical mystery tour, richly textured and fraught with surprises. It's great to see it back in print.
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