It is the freakishly hot, drought summer of 1921; dust storms in London, parched and cracking earth, autumn tints in July. Holed up in a cottage in the Chilterns, a young writer strives to write the first great novel of the War, impelled by his own suffering. Outward events and inner crises deflect him from his purpose, and love intervenes in the form of two very different women. A visit to the hallucinatory wreckage of post-war Flanders brings strange repercussions in its wake. Everyone is in some way damaged by the terrible years of the war; in what sense can art be made out of such horror? Adam Thorpe's novel seeks to touch the marrow of this jazz and death-haunted period, which was ironically the most excitingly creative period of the last century. In a language deeply soaked in the time and by means of a beguiling story which gradually haunts its own process, Nineteen Twenty-One vividly recreates the year in which The Waste Land was written, as well as offering a bright mirror to the inner and outer complexities of our own troubled times.
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Adam Thorpe is the author of three novels, three books of poetry and a volume of short stories. For the last ten years he has lived in southern France with his wife and three children.Review:
"Thorpe offers an immaculate re-recording of long-dead voices" Observer "As always, Adam Thorpe displays a gift for revealing the suggestively sinister in a pastoral setting." Independant "his complex, beautifully written, witty and insightful novel never loses sight of its theme" Daily Mail "Thorpe's First World War is not like any other" Herald-Glasgow
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Book Description Vintage, 2001. Book Condition: New. Set in the hot, dry summer of 1921, this novel by the author of Ulverton (1992) is narrated by Joseph Monrow, a would-be writer consumed with guilt for having 'missed' the war and struggling in vain to write a great war novel. Bookseller Inventory # 222346
Book Description Vintage Classics. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Includes everything it's supposed to include. Bookseller Inventory # 950831