David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, which was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He is also the author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. His work has garnered several honors for outstanding journalism, including a George Polk Award.
Autobiography for Quais du Polar
I’m a book author and staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. I’m fascinated by real-life mysteries. I’ve written about the curious death of the world’s foremost Sherlock Holmes expert, about an innocent man who was executed in Texas, about an explorer who disappeared in the Amazon looking for a lost city, and about one of the worst racial injustice in American history.
When I began investigating these stories, I knew almost nothing about them. Many originated from little more than a tantalizing hint: a tip from a friend, a reference buried in a news brief. Yet they all seemed to provide at least a glimpse of the human condition. As Sherlock Holmes famously put it, “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”
: Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
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