In his two most celebrated novels, A BOY'S OWN STORY and THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM IS EMPTY, Edmund White charted the story of an American homosexual through the 1960s and 1970s. They received huge acclaim, and the third in the sequence - which covers the 80s - is long-awaited. In THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY Edmund White has drwan together all his experience of gay life in the 80's - sexual adventure, cultural explosion, travel, gossip, the political shifts of the time, love - and transformed them into a wonderfully witty and moving chronicle. Set in Europe and the US, and including portraits (thinly disguised) of some of the key figures of the time. THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY opens up a world which feels painfully and fascinatingly real. This novel will be a major literary event.
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Edmund White has long been praised as one of America's most accomplished novelists. The Farewell Symphony is the final volume in the autobiographical trilogy that began with A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. It details the narrator's life in New York in the 1970s and his flight to Paris as the AIDS epidemic begins. White's prose, at once lucid and magical, is the essence of great writing. Its plainspoken cadences and language resonate with the tragedy of youthful passion giving way to hard-earned knowledge. Like Sherwood Anderson or Theodore Dreiser, White has captured the soul of the American experience--in this case a gay male experience--and made it into art.From the Inside Flap :
Following A Boy's Own Story (now a classic of American fiction) and his richly acclaimed The Beautiful Room Is Empty, here is the eagerly awaited final volume of Edmund White's groundbreaking autobiographical trilogy.
Named for the work by Haydn in which the instrumentalists leave the stage one after another until only a single violin remains playing, this is the story of a man who has outlived most of his friends. Having reached the six-month anniversary of his lover's death, he embarks on a journey of remembrance that will recount his struggle to become a writer and his discovery of what it means to be a gay man. His witty, conversational narrative transports us from the 1960s to the near present, from starkly erotic scenes in the back rooms of New York clubs to episodes of rarefied hilarity in the salons of Paris to moments of family truth in the American Midwest. Along the way, a breathtaking variety of personal connections--and near misses--slowly builds an awareness of the transformative power of genuine friendship, of love and loss, culminating in an indelible experience with a dying man. And as the flow of memory carries us across time, space and society, one man's magnificently realized story grows to encompass an entire generation.
Sublimely funny yet elegiac, full of unsparingly trenchant social observation yet infused with wisdom and a deeply felt compassion, The Farewell Symphony is a triumph of reflection and expressive elegance. It is also a stunning and wholly original panorama of gay life over the past thirty years--the crowning achievement of one of our finest writers.
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Description du livre Trafalgar Square, 1997. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 701136219
Description du livre Trafalgar Square, 1997. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0701136219