“Once I started reading Death in a Delphi Seminar, I had difficulty putting it down. Indeed, it consumed much of a weekend, and when I finished, I wanted more. The book is fascinating, completely accessible even as it deals ingeniously with the most arcane lit crit jargon (what Holland has wittily called elsewhere the language of the ‘New Cryptics’), and accurate in its characterization of postmodern theory. Plus it is witty, clever, ironic, allusive, and sophisticated without being pretentious.” Jeffrey Berman
Death in a Delphi Seminarby Norman N. Holland
In this detective novel set in a small, intense seminar, eight students study what their professor regards as the central mystery of human nature: the uniqueness of the individual. One morning a woman student who has been fighting this idea and disrupting the seminar keels over, poisoned. The detective who takes charge is himself a writer who finds this tight little world of academic criticism and theory fascinating, baffling, yet somehow sympathetic. Together he and the professor explore the minds and writings of the people in the seminar in order to track the murderer, then another body is found, pointing them in a different direction.
- State University of New York Press
- Publication date:
- Sold by:
- Barnes & Noble
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 535 KB
Meet the Author
Norman N. Holland has written eleven books, widely known for their clarity, wit, and zest. He has also ventured into film criticism in print and on television, programmed instruction, computer databases, Internetting, and lecturing not only in such familiar places as London, Paris, Rome, or Berlin, but in Sapporo, Benares, and even Kathmandu.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews