A Previous Life: Another Posthumous Novel (Hardback)Edmund White (author)
A Sicilian aristocrat and musician and his younger American wife divulge their pasts to one another in this gloriously fresh and bold tale about desire and ageing, the needs of the body and thsoe of the heart, from the author of A Saint from Texas.
A daring, category-confounding and ruthlessly funny novel from Edmund White, exploring polyamory and bisexuality, ageing and love.
Sicilian aristocrat and musician Ruggero, and his younger American wife, Constance, agree to break their marital silence and write their Confessions. Until now they had a ban on speaking about the past, since transparency had wrecked their previous marriages. As the two take turns reading the memoirs they've written about their lives, Constance reveals her multiple marriages to older men, and Ruggero details the affairs he's had with men and women across his lifetime - most importantly his passionate affair with the author Edmund White.
A searing, scintillating take on physical beauty and its inevitable decline, A Previous Life pushes for a broader understanding of sexual orientation and explores the themes of love and age through numerous eyes, hearts and minds. Delightful, irreverent, and experimental, A Previous Life proves once more why White is considered a master of American literature.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
Elegant, erudite, raunchy and fun, America’s great Man of Letters is working at the top of his form, giving us a pair of portraits hung against the pattern of history. What a joy to read this master of prose and invention! - Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize winning author of LESS
The best book in Edmund White's long and extraordinary career - Benjamin Moser, Pulitzer Prize winning author of SONTAG: HER LIFE AND WORK
White's project, as always, is to show us the human: the human body as defined by its urges and needs, and the human heart as it evolves through time and experience. In A Previous Life, he also gives us daring experiments of form, of autofiction, and of storytelling. Fresh and inventive and wise - Rebecca Makkai, author of THE GREAT BELIEVERS
An erotically charged and ingenious metafictional story of a married couple … A dizzyingly enticing and kaleidoscopic take on the spectrum of sexual experiences - Publishers Weekly, starred review
Humorous and nearly always irreverent ... An erotically charged literary romp facing the loss of physical beauty and the inevitable passage of time - Booklist
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“Clever, sexy and tragic”
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“A curious read”
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