Damage - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Damage - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Published: 01/12/2011
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Now filmed as Obsession on Netflix - starring Richard Armitage and Charlie Murphy

The New York Times bestselling masterpiece - a daring look at the dangers of obsession and the depth of its shattering consequences

'Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.'

Damage is the gripping story of a man's desperate obsession and scandalous love affair. He is a man who appears to have everything: wealth, a beautiful wife and children, and a prestigious political career in Parliament. But his life lacks passion, and his aching emptiness drives him to an all-consuming and ultimately catastrophic relationship with his son's fiancée.

'A taut, sinister tale of erotic obsession' Vanity Fair

'The effect is powerful: here is naked obsession, sulfurous, total, scarcely possible to live with' Financial Times

'The reader looks on with mingled shock and fascination. A tour de force' New York Times

'Unputdownable is here, for once, not hyperbolic' Ruth Rendell

'Damage is a masterpiece' Washington Post

'Passionate, elegant, ruthless' Iris Murdoch

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844087181
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 138 x 200 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Josephine Hart's debut novel, Damage, was an instant success. She wrote this, a new introduction to the tale of erotic obsession, just before her death - Guardian

A remarkable first novel of awesome accomplishment and quite startling psychological insight... 'Un-put-downable' is here, for once, not hyperbolic - Ruth Rendell

The effect is powerful: here is naked obsession, sulfurous, total, scarcely possible to live with - Financial Times

The reader looks on with mingled shock and fascination. A tour de force - New York Times

A taut, sinister tale of erotic obsession - Vanity Fair

A passionate, elegant, ruthless story - Iris Murdoch

Damage is a masterpiece - Washington Post

To read this tale of mutual obsession is like being abducted. Josephine Hart has managed to create a portrait of psychological and erotic obsession that is so compelling as, for a brief moment, to suck all the oxygen out of the air - Los Angeles Times

This spare, dreamlike first novel comes festooned with blurbs from the likes of Ruth Rendell and Iris Murdoch, and no wonder, for it's an unforgettable tale of sexual obsession and its calamitous consequences... Elliptical, haunting, and altogether extraordinary - Kirkus

Next to the often-contrived twists and revelations of today's psychological suspense, Hart's spare tale of all-consuming obsession is refreshingly straightforward - Library Journal

The violent dreamscape of Damage stayed with me long after I closed the book. Did I dream it? Did I live it? My very uncertainty tells me I have read something rare - Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying

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