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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 café 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 doppelgänger–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 Léa, a starstruck young journalist. Coolly planning to make sure that his life with Lydia will not be disturbed, North is taken off guard when Léa 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.

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Synopsis:

An award-winning American author who harbors deep doubts about his own talent falls off the fidelity wagon when he publishes an especially successful novel and soon finds himself erotically enmeshed with his new lover. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307416636
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
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Author:
Begley, Louis
Subject:
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Publication Date:
20040928
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Product details 272 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307416636 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning American author who harbors deep doubts about his own talent falls off the fidelity wagon when he publishes an especially successful novel and soon finds himself erotically enmeshed with his new lover. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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