The Fly Trap

The Fly Trap

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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, Sjöberg 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 René Edmond Malaise. From the wilderness of Kamchatka to the loneliness of the Swedish isle he calls home, Sjöberg revels in the wonder of the natural world and leaves behind a trail of memorable images and stories.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781101870150
110187015X
Branch Call Number: 595.7 S6258f 2015
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Teal, Thomas - Translator

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This may be the most unusual book I've read in a long time. Sjoberg is an entomologist with an obsession for hoverflies (what the heck is a hoverfly, right?) but also one of the best writers going. Gentle, self-depracating humor that gets into your psyche so you want to keep reading. He'd make ... Read More »


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sharonh12
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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