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  • Of my contemporaries he had the most erudite and possibly the most brilliant mind

    Salman Rushdie
  • An epic piece of work of immense satisfaction... Awe-inspiring

    The Times
  • Comprehensively researched, elegantly written, perfectly balanced between the life, the books and the ideas

    Independent on Sunday
  • Quite simply, one of the most beautifully written, painstakingly researched and cleverly constructed biographies of this decade... Original, intelligent and observant

    Literary Review
  • A fascinating account of the man behind the myth


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