In a house in the English countryside a woman in her sixties, Alice, is dying. In the garden, her younger son is working on the translation of a play by a celebrated Hungarian playwright, Lazlo Lazar. In San Francisco, Alice's other son, a one time soap actor and now heavily in debt, is on his way to a meeting with a pornographic film producer. And in Vienna, Lazlo Lazar is having supper with his lover, Kurt, and an American painter, discussing action, courage and the revolutions of 1956 and '68.
Each of these characters will soon face a test of courage. Each will be forced to take part in an act of liberation - though not necessarily the one they foresaw. Naturally, there are certain coloured pills, a revolver, and a child who cannot be trusted as the summer of '97, the summer of the comet, reaches its surprising conclusion.
In this beautifully wrought, involving and immensely thought-provoking novel, Andrew Miller's characters grapple with the essentials of sex, death, love and morality in search of happiness and the answer to the all important question: what is the true currency of human success?
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 06 / 2006
- 129 x 194 x 22mm