Format: C Format
Price: £ 11.99
Pages: 344 pp
Date: May 2007
‘This is an ambitious, wickedly clever story about the frailty of the flesh and the dark side of the lust for immortality’ – Peter Millar, The Times
‘John Updike meets Marquerite Yourcenar in a bold and multi-layered tale of romantic literati and literary romance’ – Michael Arditti
'A work of stunning virtuosity, intelligence and elegance'
– Francis King
'Rare enjoyment . . . beautifully written' – El Pais
'An elegant, disturbing and labyrinthine thriller'
– Richard Zimler
– Le Nouvel Observateur
'Burns a hole into the reader with its fusion of history, poetic lyricism and sexual temerity'
– Jeremy Reed
'A brilliant historical tale'
– Le Figaro
'Deliciously sophisticated. It's a terrific and adult (in the best sense of the word) read' – Peter Burton
This Breathing World
(About this author)
Two stories placed in front of one another, like mirrors.
One is set in first century Rome and relates the tale of the rise and fall of Mazuf, a homosexual Syrian scribe who becomes a murderer and a renowned man of letters. The second one, is a sort of confession by a present-day American named Laurence; and seems mostly to be about his sexual exploits during his student days at Harvard, but we soon find out that there is a lot more to this tale than we had originally bargained for. Laurence, a disaffected and sophisticated narrator, is a murderer too.