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Description - Shipwreck by Louis Begley

A mesmerizing novel of deception and betrayal from the acclaimed author of Wartime Lies""and About Schmidt.""John North, a prize-winning American writer, is suddenly beset by dark suspicions about the real value of his work. Over endless hours and bottles of whiskey consumed in a mysterious cafe called L'Entre Deux Mondes, he recounts, in counterpoint to his doubts, the one story he has never told before, perhaps the only important one he will ever tell. North's chosen interlocutor-who could be his doppelganger-is transfixed by the revelations and becomes the narrator of North's tale. North has always been faithful to his wife, Lydia, but when one of his novels achieves a special success, he allows himself a dalliance with Lea, a starstruck young journalist. Coolly planning to make sure that his life with Lydia will not be disturbed, North is taken off guard when Lea becomes obsessed with him and he with her elaborate erotic games. As the hypnotic and serpentine confession unfurls, we gradually discover the extraordinary lengths to which North has gone to indulge a powerful desire for self-destruction. Shipwreck is a daring parable of the contradictory impulses that can rend a single soul-narcissism and self-loathing, refinement and lust. "From the Hardcover edition."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780345464095
ISBN-10: 0345464095
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Pages: 255
Imprint: Ballantine Books Inc.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Louis Begley

Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are Schmidt Delivered, Wartime Lies, The Man Who Was Late, As Max Saw It, About Schmidt," "and Mistler's Exit."" "From the Hardcover edition."

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