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At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances/Smith, Alexand/Paper/0954407598/S022-F
In the last book of Alexander McCall Smith's latest series, Professor von Igelfeld spends six months at Cambridge University on a German Scholarly Exchange Programme. Cambridge thus becomes the setting for a wild variety of ludicrous situations as the very German von Igelfeld comes face-to-face with old English culture.
Is there anything funny about German professors? Throughout the world there are small groups of people who know exactly what the joke is. These are the von Igelphiles, the followers of that most extraordinary German professor, Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld.
Originally published privately, At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, which features the endless mishaps of the inimitable von Igelfeld, rapidly became a cult. Readers begged for copies. Those who had copies refused to part with them. The book was discussed in the columns of the Wall Street Journal and the Sunday Telegraph, but very few people had actually been allowed to read them.
Now this treasured classic is to be launched on a wider, unsuspecting public along with the companion volumes, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and Portuguese Irregular Verbs. In these further volumes, not only do we continue to follow von Igelfeld, but we are introduced to new and exciting characters such as Dr Max Augustus Hubertoffel, the celebrated psychiatrist, the Duke of Johannesburg (and his attractive research assistant), Dr Plank, a much plotted-against Cambridge don, and Pedrissimo, a Colombian revolutionary.
Each of these beautifully produced volumes is illustrated by Ian MacIntosh’s witty line drawings.