The Collector Collector

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The Collector Collector
First edition (UK)
(with quote from Tom Robbins)
Author Tibor Fischer
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publisher Secker & Warburg (UK)
Metropolitan Books (US)
Publication date
ISBN 0-436-20436-3

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. [1] It has also been published in Canada and Germany (as Die Voyeurin). [2] 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. [2] The novel also has been identified as one of the best of the 1990s. [3]


The book is narrated by a bowl which passes between different owners, [4] making it an example of a novel of circulation.

Plot introduction

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...

Publication history


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  2. 1 2 reserved, the complete review - all rights. "The Collector Collector - Tibor Fischer".
  3. The Best Novels of the Nineties by Linda Parent Lesher, page 339, ISBN   0-7864-0742-5
  4. "Penguin Books".
  5. Retrieved 2013-09-01.