Written during the Second World War, during a time of personal grief, The Unique Grave is both a powerful vision of a civilisation that has endured since classical times and a contemplation of the human condition in all its darkness and absurdity. Palinurus, the inward-looking artist, meditates on marriage, religion, art and literature, finding consolation from the bleakness of the world in thought, in the wisdom of antiquity and in the mind's ability to reason.
'Exquisite, mad melancholy... both a touchstone and a permanent terror.'
'A classic for all time, a dossier of his and others' thoughts on life honed to a glinting sharpness. Cynical, comical, passionate by turns, he is especially brilliant on love and sex.'
Duncan Fallowell, Sunday Times