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The Secret Knowledge (Dedalus Original Fiction in Paperback) Paperback – 19 Jul 2013

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus Ltd; paperback / softback edition (19 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909232459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909232457
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A mystery tale that leaps between a washed-up pianist in London and assorted European intellectual heavyweights, with a pioneering socialist and a clandestine head of esoteric initiates in its background, Andrew Crumey's seventh novel finds the author up to his old tricks. Crumey begins his story in Paris in 1913, a date perhaps chosen for its significance both to modern music (the premiere of The Rite of Spring) and quantum theory (the Bohr model of the atom). A young composer at a peak moment - out at a fair with his fiancee on his arm and his first major work locked away back home - suddenly vanishes, only to pop up again six years later as a political agitator in Scotland. As Crumey's readers will immediately recognize, we have entered one of his mirrored boxes of many worlds. Pierre Klauer, a Schrodinger's cat writ large, is simultaneously dead in Paris and alive on Clydeside. --Paul Griffiths in The Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Andrew Crumey was born in Glasgow in 1961. He read theoretical physics and mathematics at St Andrews University and Imperial College in London, before doing post-doctoral research at Leeds University on nonlinear dynamics. After a spell of being the literary editor at Scotland on Sunday he now combines teaching creative writing at Northumbria University with his writing. He lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His first novel Music, in a Foreign Language (1994) was awarded The Saltire Best First Book Prize. His second novel Pfitz (1995) was one of the books of the year for The Observer and The New York Times. He published D'Alembert's Principle to great acclaim in 1996. Mr Mee(2000), Mobius Dick(2004) and Sputnik Caledonia(2008) followed. His novels have been translated into 13 languages. Dedalus will publish Andrew Crumey's latest novel The Secret Knowledge in July 2013 and republish Mr Mee, Mobius Dick and Sputnik Caledonia in 2014.

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Ian Mond
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat novel by an underrated author
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5.0 out of 5 starsIntricately created and exquisitely written, a beautiful historical masterpiece!!
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