Based on the lives of Sir William Hamilton, his celebrated wife, Emma, and Lord Nelson, this novel is about sex and revolution, the fate of nature, art and the collector's obsession, and love. The author also wrote "The Benefactor", "Death Kit", "AIDS and its Metaphors" and "The Way We Live Now".
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'A panoramic, passionately feminist examination of the changing shape of Western civilisation since the Age of Enlightenment. Sontag's book is a sweeping, exquisitely detailed picture of Europe in the final decades of the eighteenth century.' Chicago Sun-Times 'The Volcano Lover seems a novel Susan Sontag was destined to write, a shift from the moral intelligence of the essayist to the intelligent heart of the novelist.' The NationFrom the Back Cover:
'Enchanting, always interesting, always entertaining ... a big, old-fashioned broth of a book' John Banville, The New York Times
The British Ambassador at the court of Naples has only two passions - his precious art collection, and his fascination with volcanoes - until he agrees to care for his nephew's discarded mistress. He acquires a new obsession in the shape of this beautiful, vulgar, carefree woman and eventually takes her for his wife. But when the heroic captain of the British Navy arrives in Italy, the affair that erupts between him and the ambassador's wife threatens to throw everyone's lives off course. Susan Sontag's exquisite re-telling of the story of Nelson and Emma Hamilton is a powerful exploration of love and possession that, with its shifting voices and viewpoints, conjures up an entire age.
'A great novel. It repeatedly scales heights of complex thought, passion and expression that few American writers ever approach, while reimagining a majestic love story in dazzling style' Philadelphia Inquirer
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Book Description Vintage, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099223813
Book Description Vintage, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099223813