The Magus by John Fowles

The Magus

byJohn Fowles

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 1985

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A man trapped in a millionare's deadly game of political and sexual betrayal.

Filled with shocks and chilling surprises, The Magus is a masterwork of contemporary literature. In it, a young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching position on a Greek island where his friendship with the owner of the islands most magnificent estate leads him into a nightmare. As reality and fantasy are deliberately confused by staged deaths, erotic encounters, and terrifying violence, Urfe becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and his life. A work rich with symbols, conundrums and labrinthine twists of event, The Magus is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, a work that ranks with the best novels of modern times.

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John Fowles was born in Essex, England, in 1926. He attended the University of Edinburgh for a short time, left to serve in the Royal Marines, and then returned to school at Oxford University, where he received a B.A. in French in 1950. Fowles taught English in France and Greece, as well as at St. Godric's College in London. Although t...
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Title:The MagusFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 1985Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0440351626

ISBN - 13:9780440351627

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John Fowles's celebrated cult novel enters the Modern Library for the first time.The Magus (1965) is one of the most enigmatic and magical novels of the second half of the century. The surrealistic sojourn of Nicholas Urfe on a Greek island mixes the real and the fantastic in a tour de force of sustained image-making."Fast and frightening...an emotional maelstrom of high intrigue", wrote Newsweek of The Magus; "A colossal psychodrama", said Time magazine; and in The New York Times Book Review, Ted Solotaroff described the novel as: "Extraordinary...in The Magus...the world's randomness, contingency, and hazard can be revealed in their full truth".