Michael Frayn: Headlong (3666 words)

Karen Blansfield (Independent Scholar - North America)
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“I have a discovery to report. Many of the world’s great treasures are known to have been lost over the centuries. I believe I may have found one of them. What follows is the evidence for my claim” (Frayn 3).

So begins Michael Frayn’s heady and sometimes dizzying novel Headlong, which plunges readers into a romp through art, philosophy and history in a comically rueful tale that revolves around a single painting, a supposedly lost masterpiece by the 16th century Dutch landscape painter Pieter Bruegel titled The Merrymakers. An intoxicating blend of farce, social critique and mystery, Headlong—which was nominated for Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize—…

Citation: Blansfield, Karen. "Headlong". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 June 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4871, accessed 02 August 2021.]

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