By Angela Carter
named the simplest ever winner of Britain's oldest literary prize, the James Tait Black award
Sophi Fevvers—the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by way of the Prince of Wales, painted by way of Toulouse-Lautrec—is an aerialiste extraordinaire, famous person of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is additionally half lady, half swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to find Fevvers's actual identification: Is she half swan or all faux? Dazzled via his love for Fevvers, and determined for the news of a life-time, Walser joins the circus on its journey. the adventure takes him—and the reader—on an intoxicating journey via turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia—a travel so magical that in basic terms Angela Carter may have created it.
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