Written in subtle, elegant prose, this rediscovered classic, first published in 1939, addresses issues of psychology and perception, while pioneering avant-garde narrative techniques When the blind narrator, the masseur Louis Dunkel, moves into the Cornwall country house of his patient Mrs. Nance, he becomes fascinated by her niece Sophie, a haughty young woman. Their resulting romance, however, is unsettled by the arrival of the blind, deaf, and dumb Amity Nance. The introspective Dunkel tries to interpret and negotiate the pitfalls of a difficult and at times hostile environment.
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Rayner Heppenstall (1911–1981) was a poet, novelist, journalist, and translator who is remembered as a forerunner of the nouveau roman and regarded as the forefather of such experimental writers as Alain Robbe-Grillet, Angela Carter, and Anthony Burgess. Blaze of Noon is universally regarded as his masterpiece. Gareth Buckell is the author of Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study.Review:
"It will not date. It is written more like a novel one might imagine being written in ten or even twenty years hence. We may all be more European by then." —Elizabeth Bowen, author, The Death of the Heart
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Book Description Allison & Busby, 1980. Book Condition: Very Good. New Ed. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96629136
Book Description Allison & Busby, 1980. Book Condition: Good. New Ed. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP84630832
Book Description Allison & Busby, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 166pp, not price clipped, no inscriptions. Slight rubbing to edges of wrapper but no tears or fading, wrapper now in clear removable protective sleeve. Very nice condition copy internally with little wear, there is a very faint mark to the last few page which looks like a production fault, it is actually quite difficult to see but stops this being described as near fine, does not affect legibility of text. Heavy book, please inquire for postage outside the UK. Bookseller Inventory # 022203