By Peter Ackroyd
During this striking detective novel Peter Ackroyd investigates the loss of life of Thomas Chatterton, the eighteenth-century poet-forger and genius, whose lifestyles ended less than mysterious conditions. Fusing issues of phantasm and mind's eye, fable and goals, he weaves from side to side among 3 centuries, introducing a blazing solid of Dickensian eccentrics and rogues, from the outrageous, gin-sipping Harriet Scrope, an aged girl novelist, to the tragic younger poet, Charles Wychwood, seeker of Chatterton's secret... They locate extra riddles than solutions from their search.
This interesting comedy is instantaneously hilarious, and a considerate exploration of the private problems with either existence and paintings.
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Enda munnen min nå påny var lukket med syv segl, og jeg selv ikke hørte en lyd. Det var slik at de gikk på appetitten løs, anklagene hennes (det er rart, hvordan enkelte ting henger sammen). Hun sa jeg slukte maten. Jeg pleide å svare at ja, jeg sluker maten, FOR Å SLIPPE A KJENNE HVOR JÆVLIG D E N SMAKER! Og det var sant: når jeg en enkelt gang var så uheldig å måtte stoppe midt i, da var det som tiden stilnet, som om verden gikk i stå, og da var smaken der på et øyeblikk, da eksploderte den, uten en lyd, inne i munnen på meg, med sin råtne stank av død.
Forvandlingen var fullbragt, og under det personlige mørkets beskyttende kappe oppdaget jeg at jeg hadde oppkastet meg til en slags røver og politi i ett, dommer og tiltalt, aktor og forsvarer, statsmakt og undersått, overfallsmann og offer, alt sammen, utøvende og unngjeldende part i en og samme instans, motsatt samfunnslivet forøvrig hvor slike motpoler ikke uten grunn er parvis adskilt, hver enkelt av dem pålagt etter loven ikke å opptre som mer enn denne ene. Jeg, derimot, måtte sørge for alt selv.
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd