In autumn 1934, Dr Jacob Jardine glimpses a figure from his deepest imaginings - Sylvie Kowalska. Despite himself he is drawn into a troubled erotic world in which the past haunts the present.
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Autumn 1934…Strolling through the Paris streets, Dr Jacob Jardine glimpses a figure from deepest imaginings: Sylvie Kowalska, half temptress, half innocent. Despite himself, he is drawn into a troubled world in which the past haunts the present. A world which casts Sylvie first as the darling of bohemian Paris and, when war erupts, as a fearless member of the Resistance. Thriving on danger, she weaves a web of memory and desire entangling lives across two generations and two continents.
Spring 1980…Alexei Gismondi is trailing an elegant woman in the New York rain. Katherine Jardine has cast off her European heritage and Alexei’s intrusion into her life forces her to face a past – and a mother – she would rather forget. Alexei is obsessed with a mystery to which he is certain Katherine holds the key. But at its centre is the enduring enigma of Sylvie…
“A darkly erotic novel, 'Memory and Desire' lays bare the many faces of a modern Eve”
“A superbly plotted saga of passion and heartbreak. Appignanesi will keep you guessing until the last full stop”
KATE SAUNDERS, 'Cosmopolitan'
Lisa Appignanesi has been a university lecturer in European Studies and was Deputy Director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her works of non-fiction include ‘Freud’s Women’ (with John Forrester), a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, and a history of cabaret. She has edited ‘The Rushdie File’ and a number of books on contemporary culture, as well as producing various films for television. Lisa Appignanesi lives in London with her two children.
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6179827