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  • Published: 15 November 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285328
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $38.99

The 13.5 Lives Of Captain Bluebear


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'Sheer craziness.Very amusing' Daily Telegraph

'Within the first 15 pages I was carried away by the sheer craziness of it all.Some Minipirates find a baby bear with blue fur inside a walnut shell floating on the ocean towards a giant whirlpool. They rescue him and teach him about knots and waves, and that a good white lie is often considerably more exciting than the truth. Then, when he outgrows their ship to such an extent that he is in danger of sinking it, they abandon him on an island with a bottle of seaweed juice and a loaf of seaweed bread. Thus Bluebear comes to the end of his first life and embarks on his second. By the end of the book, he has expended exactly half of his 27 lives. Again and again, Moers confounds our expectations as the narrative twists and turns, travels backwards and forwards in time.Part science fiction, part fairy tale, part myth, part epic, the book is a satire on all these genres and so constantly satirises itself.Very amusing' Daily Telegraph

  • Pub date: 15 November 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285328
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $38.99

About the Author

Walter Moers

Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter and sculptor. He is the creator of the comic strips The Little Asshole and Adolf and the author of the cult bestseller The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo, A Wild Ride Through the Night, The City of Dreaming Books and The Alchemaster's Apprentice. He lives in Hamburg.

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Praise for The 13.5 Lives Of Captain Bluebear

“Marvellously fantastical”

Sunday Express

“The most entertaining book in years”

Frankfurter Allemeine Zt

“A yarn of drollery, deeper meaning and sheer lunacy”

Rolling Stone

“Sheer craziness. Very amusing”

Daily Telegraph


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