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Book Title: Pfitz|
The author of the book: Andrew Crumey
Date of issue: June 30th 2011
ISBN 13: 9781873982815
Format files: PDF
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"Pfitz is a surprisingly warm and likeable book, a combination of intellectual high-wire act and good traditional storytelling with a population of lovers and madmen we do care about, despite their advertised fictionality. Certainly Crumey's narrative gymnastics have not affected his ability to create strong, fleshy characters, and none more fleshy, more fleshly, than Frau Luppen, Schenck's middle-aged landlady, a great blown rose of a woman who express her affection for her lodger by feeding him bowls of inedible stew." Andrew Miller in The New York Times "Rreinnstadt is a place which exists nowhere - the conception of a 18th century prince who devotes his time, and that of his subjects, to laying down on paper the architecture and street-plans of this great, yet illusory city. Its inhabitants must also be devised: artists and authors, their fictional lives and works, all concocted by different departments. When Schenck, a worker in the Cartography Office, discovers the 'existence' of Pfitz, a manservant visiting Rreinnstadt, he sets about illicitly recreating Pfitz's life. Crumey is a daring writer: using the stuff of fairy tales, he ponders the difference between fact and fiction, weaving together philosophy and fantasy to create a magical, witty novel." Sunday Times
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Read information about the authorAndrew Crumey (pronounced "Croomy") has a PhD in theoretical physics and is former literary editor of Scotland on Sunday. His novels combine history, philosophy, science and humour, and have been praised and translated worldwide. He won the £60,000 Northern Rock Foundation Writers Award, the UK's largest literary prize, for his most recent novel Sputnik Caledonia. It was also shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Scottish Book of the Year, and longlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award.
His 1994 debut novel, Music, in a Foreign Language, won the Saltire First Book Award and was longlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Pfitz was a New York Times Notable Book, and D'Alembert's Principle was called in for the Booker Prize. Mr Mee was longlisted for both the Booker Prize and IMPAC Award and won a Scottish Arts Council book award. Mobius Dick was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was chosen by Waterstones for its "alternative Booker" shortlist. Other prizes include an Arts Council Writer's Award and Northern Arts Writer's Award.
Born in Scotland in 1961, he grew up in Kirkintilloch and graduated with first class honours from St Andrews University. He moved to London in 1983 to do a PhD on dynamical systems and infinite dimensional algebras at Imperial College. Between 1986 and 1989 he was director of West London Nightline and care worker with Westminster Mencap, then returned to research, doing post-doctoral work on nonlinear systems at Imperial College and Leeds University. In 1992 he moved to Newcastle upon Tyne (where he still lives with his wife and two children) and worked as a schoolteacher for four years. He became a regular book reviewer for Scotland on Sunday in 1996 and was literary editor from 2000 to 2006. He has written for the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times and other newspapers, regularly appears at literary/scientific festivals and conferences, and teaches creative writing through seminars, workshops and mentoring. His leisure interests include astronomy, fly fishing and classical piano.
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