The Magus by John Fowles

A man trapped in a millionare's deadly game of political and sexual betrayal. Filled with shocks and chilling surprises, "The Magus" is a masterwork of contemporary literature. In it, a young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching position on a Greek island where his friendship with the owner of the islands most magnificent estate leads him into a nightmare. As reality and fantasy are deliberately confused by staged deaths, erotic encounters, and terrifying violence, Urfe becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and his life. A work rich with symbols, conundrums and labrinthine twists of event, "The Magus" is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, a work that ranks with the best novels of modern times.

The 471st greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 60th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  2. - 93rd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  3. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  4. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Magus: A Revised Version Hardcover 579626 $68.53 $6.00 1978
The Magus Mass Market Paperback 184522 $5.99 $1.61 1985
The Magus Paperback 20949 $6.87 $2.44 2001
The Magus Mass Market Paperback 3123250 $7.70
The Magus Hardcover 372452 $59.99 $16.50
The Magus Mass Market Paperback 2217170 $2.25
The Magus (Modern Library) Hardcover 1446666 $68.53 $0.01 1998
Magus, The Mass Market Paperback 3321481 $495.46 $0.01 1978
The Magus Kindle Edition 23912 $6.83 2012
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The Magus Mass Market Paperback 3073949 $13.74
Der Magus. Paperback 13108333 $77.98 2001
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The Magus: A Revised Version Hardcover 3379300 $0.94
The Magus (Revised Version) Paperback 11167718 $0.01
The Magus Audible Audio Edition 9400 $11.45 2018
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