Biografiis an imaginative melding of travelogue and fable that sparked controversy on its release. When Lloyd Jones visited Albania in 1991, six years after the death of dictator Enver Hoxha, he heard rumours of a village dentist who looked like the dictator and had been forced to give up his identity and become his public double. Jones' quest to find Petar Schapallo gives shape not only to an intriguing traveller's tale, but a story about identity-changed, lost or falsified-in a country where identity was strictly controlled. Part travel narrative, part imaginative fiction, Biografiis an inquiry into the nature of identity itself. 'A fine piece of work, rich in startling detail.' Age
Lloyd Jones is one of New Zealand's best known contemporary writers. He has published essays and children's books but his best known works include the novels The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards, Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book, Choo Woo, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, Paint Your Wife, Hand Me Down World and the phenomenally successful Mister Pip, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Montana Medal for Fiction and the Kiriyama Writers' Prize. Mister Pip was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007. He lives in the Wairarapa.