Lawrence Norfolk

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  • Barry Lewis

Lawrence Norfolk is the author of three works of fiction to date, namely Lemprière’s Dictionary (1991), The Pope’s Rhinoceros (1996) and In the Shape of a Boar (2000). Not much is known about his background. As with the American writer Thomas Pynchon, he has created a certain mystique by giving few interviews in Britain and the United States, his places of birth and residence. He has, however, a higher profile in continental Europe, particularly Germany, where he sells well and has intervened in public debates surrounding the translation of his novels.

Norfolk was born in London in 1963. Two years later, his family moved to Baghdad where his father helped to build bridges. They were …

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Lewis, Barry. "Lawrence Norfolk". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 August 2010
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