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Pilgrim by Timothy Findley
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Apr 20, 16

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009, lit, bodies, all-time-faves

I'd been wanting to reread this, one of my favourite pieces of fiction, after seeing a local production of Tom Stoppard's play Travesties last month. Both stories take place primarily in Zürich before and during World War I and involve figures who, while fictionalized for the present purposes, did exist (James Joyce, Lenin and Tristan Tzara in Travesties, and Carl Jung and various staff members at the Burghölzli psychiatric clinic, Oscar Wilde, Leonardo da Vinci and others in Pilgrim). There's something so compelling about this sexless, ageless, melancholy, ghostly figure who cannot - despite his best attempts - die, and each time I revisit this book I'm left feeling both unsettled and also oddly appreciative of my own mortality.
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