The Conversions

American Literature Series
Harry Mathews

At a dinner party hosted by a wealthy New Yorker, a guest receives a gold adze, the coveted prize in a worm race. When the man dies the next day, he bequeaths, according to a stipulation in his will, the bulk of his fortune to the adze’s possessor, provided he answer three mysterious questions relating to the artifact’s history.

In his search the owner encounters a menagerie of eccentric personalities: an ancient revolutionary in a Parisian prison, a ludicrous pair of gibberish-speaking brothers, and customs officials who spend their time reading contraband materials. He soon finds himself immersed in the centuries-long history of a persecuted religious sect and in an odyssey that begins in a forgotten fog-covered town in Scotland and ends on the ocean floor off the coast of an uncharted French island.

A wild goose chase through a remarkably unusual world, The Conversions invites both reader and protagonist to participate in a quest for answers to an elusive game.

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Publication: American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 192
ISBN-13: 9781564781666
GTIN13: 9781564781666
Publication date: 10/1/1997
Language: eng
List price: $11.95