In Pursuit of a Vanishing Star by Gustaf Sobin
A Novel

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Drawing on the legendary life of Greta Garbo, Gustaf Sobin spins a tale about the enigmatic nature of idolatry. This novel is both a modern narrative celebrating a glorious moment in the history of cinema and an allegory touching the meaning of existence.
 

About Gustaf Sobin

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Gustaf Sobin is a poet and author of The Fly-Truffler. American-born, he has lived in Provence for nearly forty years.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stiller (it’s now 1998) is long-dead, but Nilson follows a lead to Switzerland, where he meets with the sole witness of the Istanbul filming, a lighting man now in his 90s—and what this man lets Nilson know, reluctantly at first, explains much indeed.

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When Philip Nilson gets the final verdict on his bone cancer, his first impulse is to take the three months he has left and write a film about Greta Garbo.

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A quest to capture the elusive essence of Greta Garbo's beauty sends a dying screenwriter off to Europe in Sobin's latest (after The Fly-Truffler), which begins when Hollywood writer Philip Nilson outlives a dire cancer prognosis and then manages to talk his producer friend into signing him up to...

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