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The Streets of Babylon: A London Mystery

The Streets of Babylon: A London Mystery

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'In this engaging first volume of a new historical series...Burman reveals her knowledge of Victorian England.' Library Journal

'As far as escapism goes, this is as good as it gets: at times I felt as if I was actually in the book.' Vulpes Libris

'Burman's extraordinary feeling for history and eccentric wit make for a most unusual kind of crime caper.' Independent on Sunday

'A mystery packed with Victorian flavour.' Kirkus Reviews

I have seen a good many cities. Berlin is a charming conglomeration of small villages, while Paris is truly urbane. But London surpasses them both. One can never quite make out London and the Londoners. Everything is here.

This is a historical detective novel that will appeal to fans of Sarah Waters, author of Fingersmith.

The setting is London in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition. Together with a Welsh police inspector, the successful Swedish authoress Euthanasia Bondeson goes in search of her beautiful companion, who has disappeared in the narrow streets and alleyways of London.

She meets beggars and whores, artists and society beauties, all actors on the modern city's stage in a drama of dark shadows and ever-changing desires. In this world where gender boundaries are constantly shifting, can we even tell who is a man and who is a woman? With skirts flapping, Euthanasia forges her way through this romp of a crime novel, surveying the streets that Sherlock Holmes himself would not tread until a whole generation later.

Carina Burman, PhD, a well-known novelist and assistant professor at Uppsala University, has written extensively on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. She's made a name for herself as a skillful writer of pastiche, reflecting the language and atmosphere of days gone by. In 2001, she published a biography of Fredrika Bremer. Streets of Babylon is her fifth novel.

Author: Carina Burman
Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd - Marion Boyars
Published: 05/01/2008
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.59lbs
Size: 7.78h x 5.25w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780714531380

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2008 pg. 518
Library Journal 06/01/2008 pg. 80

About the Author
Carina Burman is a professor at Uppsala University, and she has written extensively on 18th and 19th century literature. The Streets of Babylon: A London Mystery is her fifth novel. She wrote a well known biography of Swedish writer, Fredrika Bremer. Her field of expertise is pastiche and capturing the atmosphere of days gone by. Sarah Death is editor of Swedish Book News and a previous winner of the Bernard Shaw Prize for Swedish translation. She is recognized as one of the foremost Scandinavian translators of fiction.

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