The Mystery of the Sardine

The Mystery of the Sardine

by Stefan Themerson
     
 

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When an unknown black poodle inexplicably explodes in philosophy professor Timothy Chesterton-Brown's back yard--paralyzing the professor and killing his guest--the "mystery of the sardine" begins. Its solution will involve such unwitting detectives as a twelve-year-old mathematician, his mother, his beloved, a palmist named Miss Prentice, and a bureaucrat dubbed

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When an unknown black poodle inexplicably explodes in philosophy professor Timothy Chesterton-Brown's back yard--paralyzing the professor and killing his guest--the "mystery of the sardine" begins. Its solution will involve such unwitting detectives as a twelve-year-old mathematician, his mother, his beloved, a palmist named Miss Prentice, and a bureaucrat dubbed the Minister of Imponderabilia. The clues they unearth--drawing on logic, the occult, intuition, and everything in between--lead them far away from the tiny seaside town where they begin. We follow them to Majorca, Rome, Warsaw, and London, but in the end, the solution lies beyond even the furthest and most magical reaches of reason.

Editorial Reviews

Times - London
This man Stefan Themerson should be better known than I suspect he is. The Mystery of the Sardine . . . is a fascinating piece of work, written with the elegance of haute couture.

Times Literary Supplement
Themerson's neo-surrealist style enables him felicitously to interweave incongruitiese ludic exercisese shrewd observationse jokese lightly worn learninge cris de couer and parables.

Punch
What an extraordinary writer Stefan Themerson is. While other novelists seem hell-bent on creating great, enormous doorstops of books with very little in them, Mr. Themerson produces The Mystery of the Sardine, a slim and modest volume which is absolutely jam-packed with ideas.

The New York Times
Stefan Themerson has an absolutely elegant sense of humor.

Library Journal
This story begins with an exploding poodle, which sets the tone for the comic mystery. The case of the detonated dog is taken up by a team of amateur sleuths, including a 12-year-old math whiz and his mom, an aging daughter of a Polish general, a politician called the Minister of Imponderabilia, and other assorted screwballs. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564784551
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
British Literature Series
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Stefan Themerson (1910-1988) was born in Poland, moved to Russia during the Revolution, studied physics and architecture in Warsaw, and lived in Paris before settling in London. Aside from his writings—which include novels such as Tom Harris, The Mystery of the Sardine, and Professor Mmaa's Lecture, children's stories, philosophical essays, and poems—Themerson also composed music and made a number of films with his wife Franciszka.

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