Overview

It is 1916. Vincent is sixteen, on the brink of manhood. Vincent is aristocratic and privileged, frequenting the salons of Paris while France is at war and the city almost deserted of men.



In that brutal summer, Vincent's beauty and precocity captivate two men: Marcel, some thirty years his senior, a writer and celebrated socialite; and Arthur, the twenty-one-year-old son of one of the servants, who is now a soldier at the front. Both ...

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In The Absence Of Men

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Overview

It is 1916. Vincent is sixteen, on the brink of manhood. Vincent is aristocratic and privileged, frequenting the salons of Paris while France is at war and the city almost deserted of men.



In that brutal summer, Vincent's beauty and precocity captivate two men: Marcel, some thirty years his senior, a writer and celebrated socialite; and Arthur, the twenty-one-year-old son of one of the servants, who is now a soldier at the front. Both relationships become love affairs of a kind - of the mind or of the body.



Vincent intuitively tries to keep his passions separate, but over the weeks of indolent Parisian summer and far-off war, confidences are made, absences endured, secrets revealed.



In the Absence of Men is a stunning first novel: in its daring in representing Marcel Proust as a character, in the beauty of its prose and in its delicacy of feeling. It is a quite remarkable debut.



'Astonishingly brilliant, In the Absense of Men...easily qualifies as my book of the year. The writing is utterly riveting'



'In the Absense of Men is a short, bold and original novel which beautifully captures the romance and amorality of gilded youth. It is particularly notable for a totally convincing portrait of Proust.' Michael Arditti, The Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446485293
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,349,876
  • File size: 211 KB

Meet the Author

Philippe Besson is the author of two novels, En L'Absence des hommes and Mon Fr-re. He was born in 1967 in Charente and now lives in Paris.
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