“One of the year’s most imaginative and challenging novels.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
In the Shape of a Boar
978-0-8021-3967-2 • $13.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2003
Lawrence Norfolk’s award-winning novels Lemprière’s Dictionary and The Pope’s Rhinoceros have won international acclaim. Now Norfolk returns with In the Shape of a Boar, his most ambitious book yet. Beginning in ancient Greece, a dark tale of treachery and destructive love unfolds amid the hunt for the Boar of Kalydona tale that will reverberate in those same hills across the millennia in the final chaotic months of World War II, as a band of Greek partisans pursues an S.S. officer on a mission of vengeance. After the war, a young Jewish Romanian refugee, Solomon Memel, who was among the hunters, creates a poem based on the experience, which becomes an international literary sensation. But the truth of what happened in the hills of Kalydon in 1945 is more complicated, and as the older Sol reunites with his childhood love in 1970s Paris, the dark memories and horrors of those days emerge anew.