The Latinist

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.7 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Mark Prins is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Sun Valley Writers' Conference. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Within the first few pages of this book, I knew I was in the hands of a masterful storyteller. The Latinist is imaginative, propulsive, and wildly intelligent. What a joy to encounter a thrilling and singular new voice in fiction.--Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest and Good Company
Brainy and deftly plotted, The Latinist enchants with its deft inversions of power, its witty poetic inventions, and its passion for languages old and new. A lovely debut.--Andrea Barrett, author of Archangel and The Air We Breathe
The Latinist is a whip-smart tale of obsession that teeters on the knife-edge of suspense and literary fiction; Mark Prins is a worthy successor to Patricia Highsmith, Donna Tartt, and Ian McEwan.--Alexandra Andrews, author of Who Is Maud Dixon?
With its ambitious young scholar, an ancient tomb, and a scheming advisor, The Latinist is a twisty and memorable new addition to the campus-novel genre. Mark Prins propels you through his tale of breakthroughs and retribution while delivering a sharp commentary on power dynamics in academia. A cunning and insightful read--I couldn't put it down.--Maria Hummel, author of Still Lives and Lesson in Red
A novel about love and scholarship, ego and obsession, coercion and consent--a brilliant, marvelously infuriating puzzle of a book that combines the globe-trotting exploits of The Da Vinci Code with the smarts and literary gifts of A. S. Byatt. A terrific debut!--Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement
Darkly disturbing and luminously told.... Every twist is delicious and every turn breathtaking as Mark Prins's devilish debut revels in a scholarly world of cunning, ruthlessness, and dangerous obsession. Funny, erudite, and utterly absorbing, this is a merciless tale to be relished like a guilty pleasure.--Christopher J. Yates, author of Black Chalk and Grist Mill Road
Mark Prins weaves together an extremely contemporary plot--an American academic caught up in the machinations of her advisor at Oxford--with a much older plot--the discovery of a second-century Roman poet. The two thrillingly intertwine and the result is a wonderfully suspenseful novel. The Latinist is a brilliant debut.--Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field
Prins's riveting tale of love, power, and possession matches deep characterization with an intriguing plot involving ancient texts, necropolises, and archaeological sites. Fans of academic thrillers will dig this.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Ingenious.... a superb literary suspense novel that calls to mind an earlier such debut, Donna Tartt's The Secret History.... Like the classics that inspire it, The Latinist is an inventive wedding of the elegant and the barbaric.--Maureen Corrigan "Washington Post"
Smart and fast-paced.... [A] sparkling debut.... A contemporary classic.--Clea Simon "Boston Globe"
Brilliant.... Delves deep to question the blurring line between love and obsession, between a yearning for truth and a desire of power.--Jianan Qian "The Millions"
An engrossing psychological thriller.... an absorbing drama about obsession, abuse of power and intimate violence.--Sharmila Mukherjee "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
This cerebral thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.... Prins' analysis of the toxic relationship between advisor and student is nuanced and thoughtful.... The Latinist succeeds as both literary fiction and thriller; it is every bit as suspenseful as it is intellectually intriguing, with many of the features of A.S. Byatt's Possession.--Hannah Joyner "Washington Independent Review of Books"
Prins's confident, engrossing debut novel.... contains more than enough twists to keep you turning the page until the very end.--Chris Murphy "Vanity Fair"
A devilishly clever and terrifically entertaining campus novel/philological whodunnit that also happens to be a brilliantly sly riff on Ovid's Apollo & Daphne.... A remarkably polished and skillful first novel.--Daniel Mendelsohn
Propulsive.... a campus novel turned psychological thriller.... The novel invites us to see Tessa as Daphne, manipulated by but ultimately escaping Eccles's Apollo, yet it also asks us: what happens to her humanity along the way?--Ayelet Haimson Lushkov "Los Angeles Review of Books"