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Natural history : a novel / Carlos Fonseca ; translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell.

Fonseca, Carlos, 1987- (author.). McDowell, Megan, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library f (Text) 33062009315418 New Adult Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374216306
  • ISBN: 0374216304
  • Physical Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published in the Spanish in 2017 by Anagrama, Spain, as Museo animal.
Summary, etc.:
"Just before the dawn of the new millennium, a curator at a New Jersey museum of natural history receives an unusual invitation from a celebrated fashion designer. She shares the curator's fascination with the hidden forms of the animal kingdom -- with camouflage and subterfuge -- and she proposes that they collaborate on an exhibition, the form of which itself remains largely obscure, even as they enter into a strange relationship marked by evasion and elision. Seven years later, after the death of the designer, the curator recovers the archive of their never-completed project. During a long night of insomnia, he finds within the archive a series of clues to the true story of the designer's family, a mind-bending puzzle that winds from Haifa, Israel, to bohemian 1970s New York to the Latin American jungle. On the way, he discovers a cast of characters whose own fixations interrogate the unstable frontiers between art, science, politics, and religion: an aging photographer, living nearly alone in an abandoned mining town where subterranean fires rage without end, who creates models of ruined cities; a former model turned conceptual artist -- and a defendant in a trial over the very nature and purpose of art; a young indigenous boy who has received a vision of the end of the world. Reality is a curtain, as the curator realizes, and to draw it back is to reveal the theater of obsession. Natural History is the portrait of a world trapped between faith and irony, between tragedy and farce." -- Provided by publisher
Subject: Museum exhibits > Fiction.
Museum curators > Fiction.
Photographers > Fiction.
Artists > Fiction.
Visions > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.

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