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The Pope’s Rhinoceros

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In February 1516, a Portuguese 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. (From Penguin Books)

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 then became a freelance writer, contributing articles to magazines and journals including the Times Literary Supplement.

His first historical fiction, Lempriere’s Dictionary (1991), was praised by Malcolm Bradbury as ‘one of the finest novels of the Nineties’ [The Modern British Novel 1878-2001]. Itwas followed by The Pope’s Rhinoceros (1996) and In the Shape of a Boar (2000). These three books have been translated into 24 languages.

He is a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Budapest Festival Prize for Literature. His books have been shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Award and the Wingate/ Jewish Quarterly Prize for Literature. His latest novel is John Saturnall’s Feast (2012).

He lives in London with his wife and two sons. (From British Council of Literature)

Lawrence Norfolk was born in London in 1963. He read English at King’s College, London, graduating in 1986. He began teaching then became a freelance writer, contributing articles to magazines and journals including the Times Literary Supplement.

His first historical fiction, Lempriere’s Dictionary (1991), was praised by Malcolm Bradbury as ‘one of the finest novels of the Nineties’ [The Modern British Novel 1878-2001]. Itwas followed by The Pope’s Rhinoceros (1996) and In the Shape of a Boar (2000). These three books have been translated into 24 languages.

He is a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Budapest Festival Prize for Literature. His books have been shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Award and the Wingate/ Jewish Quarterly Prize for Literature. His latest novel is John Saturnall’s Feast (2012).

He lives in London with his wife and two sons. (From British Council of Literature)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
29/04/1996
Country
United Kingdom
Original Language
English
Publisher
Sinclair-Stevenson, Minerva, Henry Holt

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