A Previous Life

A Previous Life: Another Posthumous Novel

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 25/01/2022
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A daring, category-confounding and ruthlessly funny novel from Edmund White, exploring polyamory and bisexuality, ageing and love. Sicilian aristocrat and musician Ruggero, and his younger American wife, Constance, agree to break their marital silence and write their Confessions. Until now they had a ban on speaking about the past, since transparency had wrecked their previous marriages. As the two take turns reading the memoirs they've written about their lives, Constance reveals her multiple marriages to older men, and Ruggero details the affairs he's had with men and women across his lifetime - most importantly his passionate affair with the author Edmund White. A searing, scintillating take on physical beauty and its inevitable decline, A Previous Life pushes for a broader understanding of sexual orientation and explores the themes of love and age through numerous eyes, hearts and minds. Delightful, irreverent, and experimental, A Previous Life proves once more why White is considered a master of American literature.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526632241
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 558g
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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A Previous Life
A married couple's confessional
A married couple, Ruggero and Constance, confess their lives and loves before they knew each other. On themes of sexuality and aging. A Previous Life is e... READ MORE
Amanda Read
A Previous Life
A curious read
This is a very curious novel in that it is difficult to classify..Yes it will be compartmentalised in to the LGBTQ+ category or contemporary fiction but to... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
A Previous Life
Clever, sexy and tragic
This book is at turns both hilarious and deeply sad, charting the relationships between many characters, not least Edmund White himself, who appears as a c... READ MORE
Robert Hughes
A Previous Life
Instead of breaking sexual barriers the novel felt constrained by them.
'A Previous Life' by Edmund White applies the authors talent for memoir to a fictional world. Ruggero a seventy year old aristocratic musician and Constanc... READ MORE
Clare Read