Heinrich Obermann, a celebrated German archaeologist, has uncovered the ancient ruins of Troy on a Turkish hillside. He fervently believes that his discovery will prove that the heroes of the Iliad, a work he has cherished all his life, actually existed. Sophia, Obermanns young Greek wife, works at the site carefully preserving the ancient treasures she uncovers. But Sophia soon comes to see another side of her husband. He is mysteriously vague about his past and the wife he claims died years before. When she finds a cache of artefacts Obermann has hidden away, her suspicions about him rise, feelings that escalate when a visiting archaeologist who questions Obermanns methods dies from a mysterious fever. The arrival of a second, equally skeptical archaeologist brings Sophias doubts to a headand spurs Obermann to make even greater claims about the evidence he has found and the profound importance of his achievements.
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"[A] book's worth of calculation is undone at the end when Ackroyd raises hallowed dust, but clouds the issues at hand." - PW.
"This is Ackroyds most exuberant novel for years " - Daily Mail (UK).
"Provoking, unsettling, ingeniousand a delight to read." - The Guardian (UK).
"Written in clipped, precise, instantly recognizable prose, The Fall of Troy is a novel about oppositesof truth and deception, fact and fiction, history and romance, love and loyalty. But however you read The Fall of Troyas a love story and mystery told in Homeric style, or as a deeper meditation on the relationship between reality and imaginationAckroyd the novelist re-emerges triumphantly from the mud of his excavations." - The Times (UK).
"[T]he novel pushes too many envelopes too far, concluding in a very nearly ludicrous farrago of shocking revelations, narrow escapes and what even Obermann's critics might identify as divine judgment." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Novelist, biographer, and poet Peter Ackroyd was born in London on October 5, 1949.
He graduated from Clare College, Cambridge, and studied at Yale University as a Mellon Fellow, where he completed Notes for a New Culture: An Essay on Modernism, published in 1976. On his return from Yale, he worked for The Spectator magazine in London as literary editor (1973-7), then as joint managing editor (1978-82) and film critic. He is chief book reviewer for The Times newspaper and a regular broadcaster on radio. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1984.
Equally acclaimed for both his inventive biographies and his formally diverse fiction, Ackroyd blends past and present, fact and fiction in his writing.
He also displays a genius for literary impersonation, both in his ...
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