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The Folding Star Historical Fiction by Alan Hollinghurst
  

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The Folding Star Historical Fiction by Alan Hollinghurst

Edward Manners - thirty three and disaffected - escapes to a Flemish city in search of a new life. Almost at once he falls in love with seventeen-year-old Luc, and is introduced to the twilight world of the 1890s Belgian painter Edgard Orst.

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'As is typical of the best classics, he has fashioned a universal tale of sexual obsession, love and death out of a particular life'


* Marie Claire * 'Even in its sexiest moments, it never loses its intellectual poise. Dry witticisms intersperse sweaty couplings...The Folding Star is a novel of considerable breadth.What gives it its depth is the candour, wit, sensuous immediacy and melancholy intelligence applied to it
Peter Kemp

* Times Literary Supplement * 'Few writers
prose can throw a party as easily as retire to the library as Hollinghurst

's...[He ] is on as fine a form in this novel as his first'
Tom Shone

* Spectator * 'Grand 19th-century fin-de-siecle lusciousness, a seamy 20th-century carnality and a generous pinch of true wit


* Sunday Times *


About the Author

Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst was born in Stroud in Gloucestershire, England in 1954 and was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. Between 1982 and 1995 he was on the staff of the Times Literary Supplement.

His first novel, The Swimming-Pool Library (1988), gives a vivid account of gay life in London during the early 1980s. It was followed by The Folding Star (1994), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). In 1998 he published Spell, a gay comedy of manners.

Hollinghurst's credits include the translation of Jean Racine's 17th century play, Bajazet, which was first performed in 1990.

The Line of Beauty, published in 2004, describes four years of change and tragedy in 1980s Britain; it won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Hollinghurst lives in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th April 1995

Author

Alan Hollinghurst

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099476917

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