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Latecomers

Brookner, Anita

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ISBN 10: 039457172X / ISBN 13: 9780394571720
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988
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Title: Latecomers

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A novel about human relationships, focusing, unusually for Brookner, on two male characters. Hartmann and Fibich met at school and forty years later they can no more think of living apart than of divorcing their wives. This book deals with their gradual coming to terms with the emotional gaps in their lives. Anita Brookner is also the author of "A Start in Life", "Providence", "Look At Me", "Hotel du Lac" which won the 1984 Booker Prize, "Family and Friends" and "A Misalliance". She is an international authority on 18th century art and teaches at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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"Brookner's most touching novel...She has transcended the struggle between men and women to arrive at...truth; as if having solved the mysteries of love, she has moved on to the meaning of life."

-- Philadelphia Inquirer

In Latecomers the author of the bestselling Hotel Du Lac extends her range to produce a glowing masterpiece about the ambiguous pleasures of friendship and domesticity. Hartmann and Fibich are "latecomers" to England, brought over as children from Nazi Germany. No two men could be more dissimilar: Hartmann is an expansive, deliberately unreflective voluptuary; Fibich, the ascetic, lives in a perpetual swoon of homesickness and terror. But as imagined by Anita Brookner, their fifty-year friendship becomes a transcendently funny and touching model for the ways in which human beings come to terms with the tragedy of living.

"Brookner's illuminating depiction of her characters' inner lives makes Latecomers a brilliant, accomplished work."

-- San Francisco Chronicle

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