The Collector Collector
First edition (UK)
(with quote from Tom Robbins)
|Publisher||Secker & Warburg (UK)
Metropolitan Books (US)
The Collector Collector is the third novel by British author Tibor Fischer first published in 1997, by Secker and Warburg in the UK and Henry Holt in the US. It has also been published in Canada and Germany (as Die Voyeurin). Mixed reviews appeared in many notable publications both in the UK and US, for example The Guardian, The New Statesman, The New York Times, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement, there being admiration for Fischer's wit and wordplay but a feeling that it lacked a real story. The novel also has been identified as one of the best of the 1990s. According to the publisher's website this is "unquestionably the finest novel ever narrated by a bowl"
The narrator of the tale (and the collector of its collectors) is an ancient Sumerian bowl which finds itself in a South London flat of its new owner Rosa. The bowl not only acts as a repository for 5,000 years of human history but is also able to communicate with those who handle it; reading memories and imparting wisdom...
- 1997, UK, Secker & Warburg, ISBN 0-436-20436-3, Pub date Mar 1997, Hardback
- 1997, US, Metropolitan, ISBN 0-805-05118-X, Pub date May 1997, Hardback
- 1998, UK, Vintage, ISBN 0-099-26819-1, Pub date Mar 1998, Paperback
- 1998, US, Owl Books, ISBN 978-0-8050-5786-7, Pub date Jul 1998, Paperback
- The Best Novels of the Nineties by Linda Parent Lesher, page 339, ISBN 0-7864-0742-5
- www.fantasticfiction.co.uk Retrieved 2013-09-01.