Yann Martel Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9781400069262

Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

3.13 avg rating
( 17,456 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781400069262: Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Fate takes many forms. . . .
 
When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey—named Beatrice and Virgil—and the epic journey they undertake together.

With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.
 

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Yann Martel on Animals and the Holocaust in Beatrice and Virgil

I often get asked the question why I use animals in my stories. Life of Pi was set in a zoo and featured a number of animals, and animals once again play a prominent role in my new novel, Beatrice and Virgil. Am I a great animal lover? Well, I suppose I am; nature is indeed beautiful. But the actual reason I like to use animals is because they help me tell my tale. People are cynical about people, but less so about wild animals. A rhinoceros dentist elicits less skepticism, in some ways, than a German dentist. I also use animals in my fiction because people rarely see animals as they truly are, biologically. Rather, they tend to project human traits onto them, seeing nobility in one species, cowardice in another, and so on. This is biological nonsense, of course; every species is and behaves as it needs to in order to survive. But this animal-as-canvas quality is useful for a storyteller. It means that an animal that people feel kindly towards becomes a character that readers feel kindly towards.

Why did I choose to write a novel about the Holocaust? There’s nothing personal to this interest; I’m neither Jewish, nor of German or eastern European extraction. I’m a complete outsider who’s been staring at this monstrous massacre of innocents since I first learned about it as a child living in France. It’s as an artist that I’ve kept coming back to the subject. What can I do as an artist about the Holocaust? I believe that if history does not express itself as art, it will not survive in common human memory. And so I took what I knew of the Holocaust, the cumulative knowledge of my reading and viewing and visiting (both to camps in Poland and Germany and to Yad Vashem in Israel and to various museums), and I set it next to that part of me that wants to understand through the imagination. Then I sat down and wrote Beatrice and Virgil.


About the Author:

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at university, he worked odd jobs and traveled before turning to writing at the age of twenty-six. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize–winning novel Life of Pi, which was translated into thirty-eight languages and spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.
 

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Martel, Yann
Published by Spiegel & Grau (2010)
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Dionysos Books
(Arabi, LA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Seller Inventory # 160923058

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 5.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Martel, Yann
Published by Spiegel & Grau
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1400069262 Ships promptly. Seller Inventory # Z1400069262ZN

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 6.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Yann Martel
Published by Spiegel & Grau, New York (2010)
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Argo Worldwide
(Williamsburg, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau, New York, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. Edges, Spine and Corners are all new. Book was never read. DJ in new condition. DJ unclipped. First Edition 1st printing (stated first edition and full number line). book. Seller Inventory # CB1180

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 3.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Martel, Yann
Published by Spiegel & Grau
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Gulf Coast Books
(Memphis, TN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1400069262 Ships from Tennessee, usually the same or next day. Seller Inventory # Z1400069262ZN

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 7.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Yann Martel
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Omega Books and More Inc.
(Springdale, AR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. FAST shipping, FREE tracking, and GREAT customer service! We also offer International and EXPEDITED shipping options. Seller Inventory # 3D79XG001LUR

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 4.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Martel, Yann
Published by Spiegel & Grau, New York (2010)
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Scene of the Crime
(St. Catharines, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau, New York, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First US edition first printing of the third novel by this author. In fine / fine unread condition. Language: eng. Seller Inventory # 15515

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 15.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Yann Martel
Published by Spiegel & Grau (2010)
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1400069262

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 10.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Yann Martel
Published by Spiegel & Grau (2010)
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1400069262

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 21.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Yann Martel
Published by Spiegel & Grau (2010)
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Far Fetched Books
(Leavenworth, WA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First printing of first edition with complete number line (9-1). Flat SIGNED by Martel on title page. Unmarked, unclipped, very bright, exceedingly tight, crisp unread copy in superb condition. Admits no flaws. This copy is gorgeous. Archival mylar covered dust jacket. Also includes SIGNED Advance Reader's Edition. Carefully bubble wrapped and ships in sturdy box. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 096

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 18.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

MARTEL, YANN
Published by Spiegel & Grau (2010)
ISBN 10: 1400069262 ISBN 13: 9781400069262
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Dan Pope Books
(West Hartford, CT, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Spiegel & Grau, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition... New York: Spiegel & Grau [2010]. First Edition. First printing. Hardbound. New! Very fine/very fine in all respects. A pristine unread copy. Comes with mylar dust jacket wrapper. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Smoke-free. Shipped in well padded box. Author has signed his name, without any inscriptions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 0810-358

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 19.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book