The 18th novel from the distinguished novelist, short story writer, critic and playwright; Three plots, three time-scales, three relationships are tightly woven into a single work, with three main voices, as in an opera by Monteverdi, who provides a sound-track; The translator-protagonist evokes Paris, where his narrative starts; London, where he lived during his first marriage; and Wales, with its unexpected conflagration; Dubbed `one of the very best writers now at work in the English language' by The Guardian
Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to Britain. He read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating with a First in 1961. From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Sussex. He is the author of sixteen novels, three volumes of short stories, eight critical works, and numerous stage and radio plays, and is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. His plays have been performed throughout Britain and on radio in Britain, France and Germany, and his work has been translated into the major European languages and Arabic.
'I do not think there is any writer working in English at present who is more subtly inventive and more original.' - Tales from the Reading Room