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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, massively underrated work of art, 18 Feb 2001
This review is from: Fata Morgana (Paperback)
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
This review is from: Fata Morgana (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising fantasy worth reading!, 30 Nov 1997
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This review is from: Fata Morgana (Paperback)
William Kotzwinkle has managed to blend all the right elements together in Fata Morgana. An enchanting story of a Parisian detective and his quest to learn the true identity of a mountebank who entertains at great cost the idle aristicracy. Like all good fantasy stories there is a sense of wonder throughout, a desperate quest, a bit of magic, and lively characters that stay with the reader long after the book is put down. Even a certain cliche is rendered with new breath on the final pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fata Morgana by William Kotzwinkle, 27 Dec 2012
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A very weired but interesting read. You are taken into Kotzwinkle's magical realism; a writer who deserves to be read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous magical fantasy, 24 May 2009
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Kotzwinkle'e novel is extraordinarily atmospheric and beautiful, with a dreamlike Paris and and an elusive mysterious villain. The writing is so languid and otherworldly - it is one of the rare books that truly transport you to a different place
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