Robert Dessaix Night Letters: A Novel

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Night Letters: A Novel

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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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"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 Dealer

About 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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