The Fly Trap

The Fly Trap

Book - 2014 | First United States edition.
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A Nature Book of the Year ( The Times (UK))

"The hoverflies are only props. No, not only, but to some extent. Here and there, my story is about something else."

A mesmerizing memoir of extraordinary brilliance by an entomologist, The Fly Trap chronicles Fredrik Sj#65533;berg's life collecting hoverflies on a remote island in Sweden. Warm and humorous, self-deprecating and contemplative, and a major best seller in its native country, The Fly Trap is a meditation on the unexpected beauty of small things and an exploration of the history of entomology itself.

What drives the obsessive curiosity of collectors to catalog their finds? What is the importance of the hoverfly? As confounded by his unusual vocation as anyone, Sj#65533;berg reflects on a range of ideas--the passage of time, art, lost loves--drawing on sources as disparate as D. H. Lawrence and the fascinating and nearly forgotten naturalist Ren#65533; Edmond Malaise. From the wilderness of Kamchatka to the loneliness of the Swedish isle he calls home, Sj#65533;berg revels in the wonder of the natural world and leaves behind a trail of memorable images and stories.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2014.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9781101870150
Branch Call Number: 595.7 SJOBERG
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Teal, Thomas - Translator


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Oct 02, 2015

Received this book just in time to save my mind. Refreshing and gentle without being banal it is such a welcome relief to the horrors of a world seemingly hell-bent on destruction. "I often return to The Fly Trap; it remains close to my heart. The minute observations from nature reveal sudden insights into one's life. Sometimes I almost think that he wrote it foe me." Tomas Tanstromer (Nobel Prize Literature winner)


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