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The Conversions

(1962)
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At a dinner party hosted by a wealthy New Yorker, a guest receives a gold adze, the coveted prize in a worm race. When the man dies the next day, he bequeaths, according to a stipulation in his will, the bulk of his fortune to the adze's possessor, provided he answer three mysterious questions relating to the artifact's history. In his search the owner encounters a menagerie of eccentric personalities: an ancient revolutionary in a Parisian prison, a ludicrous pair of gibberish-speaking brothers, and customs officials who spend their time reading contraband materials. He soon finds himself immersed in the centuries-long history of a persecuted religious sect and in an odyssey that begins in a forgotten fog-covered town in Scotland and ends on the ocean floor off the cost of an uncharted French island.A wild goose chase through a remarkably unusual world, "The Conversions" invites both reader and protagonist to participate in a quest for answers to an elusive game.



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October 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: Conversions (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))
Author(s): Harry Mathews, Harry Matthews
ISBN: 1-56478-166-6 / 978-1-56478-166-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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October 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Conversions
Author(s): Harry Mathews
ISBN: 0-85635-766-9 / 978-0-85635-766-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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