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Salamander

by Thomas Wharton

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list price: $19.99
edition:Paperback
category: Fiction
published: March 2002
ISBN:9780771088346
imprint: Emblem Editions
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Spellbinding, original, Salamander careens through a world of ideas and stories in which the transforming power of books, the thirst for knowledge, and the pursuit of immortality become erotic. It is also a universal story of love and obsession. Set in the eighteenth century, the narrative revolves around a world-spanning quest for the infinite book. Along the way the novel gathers stories that range from a Chinese tale of jealousy and lost love to the remarkable history of Alexandria’s other great library and to epoch-making moments on the battlefields of colonial America. At the centre of the novel’s unforgettable cast of characters is the London printer Nicholas Flood, a dedicated craftsman who is unprepared for all that awaits him when he accepts an unusual commission. Intricate, humane, infused with humour and pathos, Salamander is an exhilarating, elegantly crafted novel.

About the Author
Thomas Wharton

Thomas Wharton is an author and creative writing instructor at the University of Alberta. His first novel, Icefields (1995), won the Writers Guild of Alberta Best First Book Award, the Banff Book Festival Grand Prize and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book in the Canada/Caribbean division. His second novel, Salamander (2001), was shortlisted for the Governor-General's Literary Award and for the Roger’s Fiction Prize. His latest book, The Logogryph (GP, 2004), was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. Thomas Wharton lives in Edmonton with his wife and three children. He is currently at work on a new novel.

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Contributor Notes

Thomas Wharton was born in northern Alberta. His acclaimed first novel, Icefields (1995), won the regional Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Caribbean and Canada), the Writers Guild of Alberta Best First Book Award, and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize. Salamander (2001) was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. His work has been anthologized in Canada and the US.

Wharton lives in Edmonton with his wife, Sharon, and their three children. He is at work on his next novel.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Awards - Fiction
Editorial Review

“A remarkable, electrifying novel.”
Georgia Straight
“A novel as sensual and fantastic as a fairy tale and as thoughtful and as beautifully written as anything we might expect from
Michael Ondaatje and Isabel Allende.”
London Free Press
“Audacious. . . . Salamander is about making books; it’s about why we read and what happens to the chain of our lives when we do.…”
Quill and Quire (starred review)

“Witty, elliptical and provoking.…Delightful.”
–Montreal Gazette
“A cabinet of wonders.…”
Globe and Mail
“A vigorous, imaginative novel about the power of reading and invention.”
Quill and Quire
Salamander is the sort of book every reader hopes to find, earnestly passes along to friends, and returns to in their dreams.…A visceral, compelling novel that will reward both serious inquiry and reading for pure pleasure.…A beautiful, emotionally resonant postmodern novel.”
National Post
“This novel cannot help but connect deeply with its readers. . . .”
-Edmonton Journal

“It’s all too rare that you pick up a book and find yourself inexorably swept into a different world, thoroughly absorbed in a realm far removed from the here and now.…Salamander captivates its readers, holds them spellbound, and persists in memory long after you’ve turned the final page.…Thoroughly absorbing.…”
Vancouver Sun
“Wharton’s novel is both spellbinding and encyclopedic.…It is a book lovers’ book and a lovers’ story.”
New Brunswick Reader
Salamander is an extraordinary book of possibilities.”
Calgary Herald
“[Wharton] cement[s] his reputation as one of Canada’s most promising young writers.”
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