Syme Papers

Benjamin Markovits
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This stunning debut novel follows one man's quest to find the missing link in evolutionary science - through the life of a maverick nineteenth century inventor.

Douglas Pitt is a man obsessed. His quest to prove the genius of Samuel Highgate Syme, inventor and pioneering American geologist, has stalled. Pitt's postulation is simple enough: Syme, through some fault, wrong-doing or mischance, has not been credited for hitting upon the key-discovery of modern geology - the theory of continental drift. Laughed at and dismissed at every turn, Pitt's luck changes when he discovers a contemporary manuscript written by a scientist, Friedrich Muller, which recounts a year (1821) in the company of the irrepressible Syme. Perhaps this will finally reveal his genius . . .

Author bio:

Benjamin Markovits is twenty-nine, and The Syme Papers is his first novel. Originally from Texas, he now lives in London and writes for the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.

Category: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9780571217915
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Paperback
Pub Date: July 2005
Page Extent: 608
Format: Paperback - B format
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Subject: Literary fiction