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  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099478355
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $29.99

The Magus

'An astonishing achievement' Anthony Burgess

Read John Fowles’s feisty, clever, cunning and compelling novel with an unusual twist.

On a remote Greek island, Nicholas Urfe finds himself embroiled in the deceptions of a master trickster. As reality and illusion intertwine, Urfe is caught up in the darkest of psychological games. John Fowles expertly unfolds a tale that is lush with over-powering imagery in a spellbinding exploration of human complexities. By turns disturbing, thrilling and seductive, The Magus is a feast for the mind and the senses.

  • Pub date: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099478355
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

John Fowles

John Fowles was born in 1926. He won international recognition with The Collector, his first published title, in 1963. He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power, and this reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works: The Aristos, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa, and A Maggot. John Fowles died in Lyme Regis in 2005. Two volumes of his Journals have recently been published; the first in 2003, the second in 2006.

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Praise for The Magus

“A major work of mounting tensions in which the human mind is the guinea-pig... Mr Fowles has taken a big swing at a difficult subject and his hits are on the bull's eye”

Sunday Telegraph

“A deliciously toothsome celebration of wanton story-telling”

Sunday Times

“A splendidly sustained piece of mystification”

Financial Times

“One of those that's best read as a teenager, but once read you'll never forget it”

Katy Guest, The Independent

“Suspend disbelief and enjoy a master storyteller”

Christie Hickman, Sunday Express

“It is original and contemporary; it is intelligent. Most of all, it is great, good, lavish, eerie fun. Read it in one sitting if possible (late at night is best)--but read it. It is a marvelous, compelling novel, of a kind that doesn't come around very often”

New York Times, 1966

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