The Life-Writer

Category: Book
By (author): Constantine, David
Subject:  FICTION / Biographical
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: October 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25in x 5.25in
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From The Publisher*

After the death of her beloved husband, Katrin, a literary biographer, copes with the loss by writing his personal history. While researching the letters and journals he left behind, however, she comes to the devastating conclusion that his life before their marriage was far richer than the one they shared. To understand and recreate the period of his greatest happiness—a period of intense friendship and love in the fall and winter of 1968, with a young French woman named Monique—Katrin embarks on a heartbreaking journey to discover the man she never fully knew.

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Praise For The Life-Writer

"At heart ... The Life-Writer turns on the same ideas of love, loss and memory that animate 'In Another Country' and has about it much the same air of tempered suffering. It would, we might expect, be filmed in the same ... manner as 45 Years."-Times Literary Supplement

"Constantine ... proves himself yet again one of the greatest analysts of feeling working in fiction today, and one of the most lyrical. The first chapter is so shockingly accomplished that I had to stop, go back and immediately reread it."-THE GUARDIAN

"Here, [Constantine] has a persistent interest in the discarded pieces of other people's lives that can reawaken one's own past, or open up the incommunicable in the present."-FINANCIAL TIMES

Biographical Note

David Constantine is an award-winning short story writer, poet, and, translator. The title story of his North American debut collection of short fiction, In Another Country: Selected Stories (Biblioasis, 2015) was adapted into the Academy Award-nominated feature film 45 Years. He is the author of one previous novel, Davies, as well as four collections of short stories in the UK, and five collections of poetry. He lives in Oxford, England, where until 2012 he edited Modern Poetry in Translation with his wife Helen.