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- Publisher: Washington Square Press Inc.,N.Y.
- Format: Paperback | 388 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 30mm | 363g
- Publication date: 20 August 2002
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0743444159
- ISBN 13: 9780743444156
- Edition statement: Original ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,672,189
Nicholas Flood, an unassuming eighteenth-century London printer, specializes in novelty books -- books that nestle into one another, books comprised of one spare sentence, books that emit the sounds of crashing waves. When his work captures the attention of an eccentric Slovakian count, Flood is summoned to a faraway castle -- a moving labyrinth that embodies the count's obsession with puzzles -- where he is commissioned to create the infinite book, the ultimate never-ending story. Probing the nature of books, the human thirst for knowledge, and the pursuit of immortality, "Salamander" careens through myth and metaphor as Flood travels the globe in search of materials for the elusive book without end.
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Thomas Wharton's first novel, "Icefields, " won the Writers Guild of Alberta Best First Book Award and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize. It is available from Washington Square Press. Wharton lives in Edmonton, Canada, with his wife and children.
"The Globe and Mail" (Toronto)"Salamander" leaves an exotic flavour in the mouth, and will reward its readers with the sense that they have been taken on a strange journey.