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Afternoon of a Faun - A Novel

Afternoon of a Faun - A Novel
 

An accusation of sexual assault opens an investigation into the meaning of truth in this stylish, psychologically acute thriller.

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ISBN 9781324001942
Barcode 9781324001942
Published 9 April 2019 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Lasdun, James
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ISBN-13 9781324001942
ISBN-10 1324001941
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 9 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Lasdun, James
Category Modern Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 218mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 310g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Journalists, Psychological fiction, Suspense fiction, Friendship, Truthfulness and falsehood
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 970788

Description of this Book

The truth might be hard to bring to light, but that didn't mean it didn't exist, because it did exist: fixed in its moment, unalterable, and certainly not a matter of `belief.' When an old flame accuses him of sexual assault in her memoir, expat English journalist Marco Rosedale is brought rapidly and inexorably to the brink of ruin. His reputation and livelihood at stake, Marco confides in a close friend, who finds himself caught between the obligations of friendship and an increasingly urgent desire to uncover the truth. He is drawn, magnetized, into the accuser's orbit, and the question of his own complicity becomes impossible to avoid. An atmospheric and unsettling drama from a novelist acclaimed as the literary descendent of Dostoevsky and Patricia Highsmith (Boston Globe), Afternoon of a Faun combines a sharply observed study of our shifting social mores with a meditation on what makes us believe, or disbelieve, the stories people tell about themselves.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Afternoon of a Faun is a brilliantly imagined, devastatingly insightful, and powerfully rendered novel of sexual exploitation and betrayal. Like all of James Lasdun's work, it is meticulously written and intelligent, both a novel of ideas and a cautionary tale for the #MeToo era. Its ending is bitterly ironic, or perhaps just darkly funny, depending upon one's perspective-and Afternoon of a Faun is about the very drama of `perspective.' -- Joyce Carol Oates, author of American Martyr In an era of sexual reckonings and `defunct male prerogatives,' any decades-old fling is a ticking time bomb an ambivalent ex can choose to detonate at whim. Yet who's to say what actually happened? Afternoon of a Faun is an exquisitely rendered tale of moral arithmetic, erotic murkiness, and men's fascination with other men's scorecards. It's also Lasdun at his most pleasurably diabolical. -- Laura Kipnis, author of Unwanted Advances

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Author's Bio

James Lasdun is the author of Afternoon of a Faun, The Fall Guy, The Horned Man, and Seven Lies, several poetry and short story collections, and a memoir. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches creative writing at The New School and lives in upstate New York.

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