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A Unicorn Dies. A Novel of Mystery and Ideas
by Paul S. Fiddes
Written by a widely-published theological author, this is the first novel to reflect the modern cultural preoccupation with the image of the unicorn.
Giles Questing, an undergraduate student at the University of Oxford, is learning about the myths and symbols connected with the unicorn. He gets involved with the suspicious death of another student, and sets out to try and solve the mystery by following a trail of artworks which depict the unicorn. Travelling to museums and galleries, he gradually discovers the truth about whether the student has taken his own life or been murdered and who – if anyone – is guilty. His quest immerses him into the world of the unicorn in medieval and Renaissance art, and introduces him to the present-day obsession with the unicorn in the media, advertising and social networks. All this enables him to crack the code of the unicorn which has been buried in the tradition of the Christian church through many years, and to answer the questions he has about a death which deeply affects him personally and which finally threatens his own life.
“This is such an intriguing and interesting novel. The plot is absolutely ingenious and both characterization and dialogue are wonderful” – John Barton, Emeritus Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford.
The author, Paul S. Fiddes, holds the title of Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Oxford. During his career he has taught both Theology and English Literature in the University, and is the author or editor of about thirty academic books in these areas.
Cover illustration: The Unicorn in Captivity. The Cloisters Museum, New York. ©2017 PhotoScala, Florence, used by permission.
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