Set This House On Fire (Vintage Classics)

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9780099285557: Set This House On Fire (Vintage Classics)

The day after Peter Leverett met his old friend Mason Flagg in Italy, Mason was found dead. The hours leading up to his death were a nightmare for Peter - both in their violence and in their maddening unreality.The blaze of events which followed was, Peter soon realised, ignited by a conflict between two men: Mason Flagg himself and Cass Kinsolving, a tortured, self-destructive painter, a natural enemy and prey to the monstrous evil of Mason Flagg. Three events - murder, rape and suicide - explode in the is relentless and passionate novel, almost overwhelming in its conception of the varieties of good and evil.

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Immediately impressive...the sense of the striking scene...the fine ear for dialogue, the sharp observation of cities and scenery and interiors." -- The New York Times Book Review Three Americans converge in an Italian village shortly after World War II. One is a naive Southern lawyer. One is a rough-edged artist with a fatal penchant for alcohol. And one is a charming and priapic aristocrat who may be the closest thing possible to pure wickedness in an age that has banished the devil along with God. Out of their collective alchemy William Styron has crafted an electrifying and deeply unsettling novel of rape, murder, and suicide -- a work with a Dostoevskian insight into the dreadful persuasiveness of evil.

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'A work of imagination on a grand scale' New York Herald Tribune

The day after Peter Leverett met his old friend Mason Flagg in Italy, Mason was found dead. The hours leading up to his death were a nightmare for Peter - both in their violence and in their madding unreality.

The blaze of events which followed was, Peter soon realised, ignited by a conflict between two men: Mason Flagg himself and Cass Kinsolving, a tortured, self-destructive painter, a natural enemy and prey to the monstrous evil of Mason Flagg.

Three events - murder, rape and suicide - explode in this relentless and passionate novel, almost overwhelming in its conception of the varieties of good and evil.

'Immediately impressive ... the sense of striking scene and how to deploy events to make the most of it, the fine ear for dialogue, the sharp observation of cities and scenery and interiors'New York Times Book Review

'It may be one of the finest novels of our times ... Styron, besides being a superb craftsman and a skilful, evocate artists, is a master storyteller' San Francisco Chronicle

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Published by Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random (2001)
ISBN 10: 009928555X ISBN 13: 9780099285557
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