Title The Solitaire Mystery (signed by the author)..
Book Condition Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for a touch of edge wear.
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Phoenix House: London. 1996.
1897580096 / 9781897580097
Seller ID 28456
Fantasy novel. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
''Norwegian philosopher and writer, only two of whose books have to date appeared in English. Kabalmysteriet (1990; translated by Sarah Jane Hails as THE SOLITAIRE MYSTERY 1996 UK) traces the late 20th-century quest of a young boy and his father for the mother and wife who had abandoned them; en route, a mysterious dwarf gives the boy a magnifying glass by which he is able to read the tiny print in a book given him by a baker, who turns out to be his long-lost grandfather. This book tells the tale of a sailor shipwrecked in 1842 on an island inhabited by animate playing cards, subject of a Godgame created by a previous castaway; but it also tells the story of the boy's quest in terms dictated by patterns foretold 150 years earlier by the animate cards, leading to the philosophical inference that human beings are themselves actors in some inescapable, greater story or Godgame. The dwarf turns out to be the immortal Joker from the original deck'' (Encyclopedia of Science Fiction).