Publisher: Viking Penguin, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
FINE/FINE copy protected by Brodart Archival cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000468
Synopsis: A man's obsession with his late wife takes a new turn when he meets an uncompromising, manipulative playwright whose favored theme is death. By the author of Damage. 35,000 first printing. National ad/promo. Tour.
From Publishers Weekly:
Hart's characters always suffer in the grip of some obsession. After Damage and Sin comes Oblivion?and that's just what most readers will wish for as they peruse the pages of this pretentious novel. Each of the two earlier books locked readers inside the head of a maniacally self-absorbed narrator; here, the focus is diffused among several characters, both living and dead, but all speak in similarly high-pitched, emotionally clotted voices. A year after his beloved wife Laura's death, famous London journalist and TV talk-show host Andrew Bolton still carries on a sorrow-steeped dialogue with her in his head. Laura's mother, similarly obsessed, communicates with her via entries in a journal. Complications ensue when Andrew is attracted to sweet Sarah, who patiently endures his suffering in the belief that her love will motivate Andrew to resume his life. But it is not until Andrew interviews playwright Catherine Samuelson that he achieves a stunning insight. Catherine tells him: "It is in the acknowledgement of the truth of our journey's end?not just death but oblivion?that happiness lies." Before Andrew can accept that advice, we must endure a large section of the book in which the characters in Catherine's new play?who are all dead?speak in melodramatic, turgid, practically unreadable prose. In searching for profundity, Hart has achieved banality. Major ad/promo; author tour.
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