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The Charioteer

A Virago Modern Classic

´The Charioteer remains compelling both as a snapshot of a particular - and particularly fascinating - cultural moment, and as a deeply romantic story of love fulfilled against the odds. It has all those qualities that make Mary Renault so memorable as a novelist: craft, subtlety, intelligence, and a terrific natural sympathy with the intricacies of honour and desire.´ Sarah Waters

Injured at Dunkirk, Laurie Odell, a young corporal, is recovering at a rural veterans´ hospital. There he meets Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. The men find solace in each other´s friendship, which slowly develops into a covert, chaste romance. Then Ralph Lanyon appears, a mentor from Laurie´s school days, and now a naval officer. Through him, Laurie is drawn into a tight-knit circle of gay men with few illusions about life, and for whom liaisons are fleeting. He is forced to choose between the ideals of a perfect friendship and the pleasures of experience.

First published in 1953, The Charioteer is a a tender, intelligent coming-of-age novel and a bold, unapologetic portrayal of homosexuality that stands with Gore Vidal´s The City and the Pillar and James Baldwin´s Giovanni´s Room as a landmark work in gay literature.

Portrait
Mary Renault (1905-1983) was born in London and educated at St Hughs, Oxford. She trained as a nurse at Oxford´s Radcliffe Infirmary, where she met her lifelong partner, Julie Mullard. Her first novel, Purposes of Love, was published in1937. In 1948, after North Face won a MGM prize worth $150,000, she and Mullard emigrated to South Africa. There, Renault was able to write forthrightly about homosexual relationships for the first time - in her masterpiece, The Charioteer (1953), and then in her first historical novel, The Last of the Wine (1956). Renault´s vivid novels set in the ancient world brought her worldwide fame. In 2010 Fire From Heaven was shortlisted for the Lost Booker of 1970.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 432
Erscheinungsdatum 07.11.2013
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-84408-950-5
Reihe VMC
Verlag Little Brown & Co Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 202/140/27 mm
Gewicht 292
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