In The Absence Of Men

In The Absence Of Men

by Philippe Besson

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Overview

'An astonishing love story, beautifully told' Time Out

'I am sixteen. I am as old as the century'

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, 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.
As both relationships develop 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. All of these men will suffer, and Vincent will lose the last vestiges of his childhood innocence.
In the Absence of Men is a stunning first novel to discover this pride season: in its daring in representation and celebration of gay sexuality, in the beauty of its prose and in its delicacy of feeling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446485293
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 07/31/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 430,673
File size: 216 KB

About 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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