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Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller
  

Ingenious Pain

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From small-town England to the Russian court of the 17th century in the company of a man who can feel no pain. From an object of curiosity to a great surgeon himself we learn much of the science and the philosophy of the period as we travel with this extraordinary man in a very skilful, densely written, complicated novel. Challenging and intelligent, it is a rewarding read.

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Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller

In the mid 18th century James Dyer is born unable to feel pain. From a poor family wiped out by smallpox, he grows up a freak of nature to become a brilliant but heartless surgeon. Then, en route to St Petersburg in 1767 to inoculate the Empress Catherine against smallpox, he meets his match - a strange woman with supernatural healing powers who introduces him to pain. Driven mad by the shock, he returns to London and the Bethlem hospital for the insane. In a wonderfully evocative and exciting style Andrew Miller takes us through Europe at a time of enlightenment, vividly portraying the life of a cold, insensate man as he discovers love and, eventually, compassion.

Reviews

'A wild adventure through 18th-century England and Russia, medicine, madness, landscape and weather, rendered in prose of consummate beauty.' - Elspeth Barker, Books of the Year, Independent

'A timeless and thought-provoking fable about human nature...It is something very rare in modern fiction, a true work of art.' - Spectator

'Strange, unsettling, sad, beautiful, and profound' - Literary Review

About the Author

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, and currently lives in Somerset. His first novel, INGENIOUS PAIN, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour prize in Italy. He has since written five novels: CASANOVA, OXYGEN, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize in 2001, THE OPTIMISTS, ONE MORNING LIKE A BIRD and PURE which won the Costa Novel Award.

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Publication date

19th February 1998

Author

Andrew Miller

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback (b Format)

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9781444761672

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