For twenty nights in a hotel room in Venice, a traveler, recently diagnosed with an incurable illness, writes a letter home to a friend. He describes the kaleidoscopic journey he has just made across northern Italy from Switzerland, while reflecting on questions of mortality, seduction, and the search for paradise. Against a rich background of earlier journeys in literature, notably Mann's Death in Venice, Robert Dessaix creates a compelling and ultimately uplifting account of a life enriched by a heightened sense of mortality.
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Praise for Night Letters:
"With its brio and intelligence, its marveling awareness of the wonders of our world and its sharpened sense of our own ephemeral place among them, Night Letters is a luminous gem." --Michael Upchurch, The San Francisco Chronicle
"[A] wry, chatty, surprisingly cheerful voice in which [Dessaix] discourses on heaven and hell, seduction and sex....His central insight...is hard won and moving: that life may be lived best as a voyage, not to get somewhere or to accumulate experiences but to savor each moment." --Patrick Farrell, The New York Times Book Review
"Masterly...Written with sensitivity and insight, Night Letters is a story exquisitely told." --Donna Marchetti, The Cleveland Plain DealerAbout the Author:
Robert Dessaix is an essayist, translator, and literary commentator. He has edited Australian Gay and Lesbian Writing: An Antholgy, and is the author of A Mother's Disgrace. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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Book Description Picador, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312199392
Book Description Picador. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0312199392 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1021865