Two Lives: Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria

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Two beautiful, memorable novels in one volume, both focussing on women who retreat into their imaginations until the boundaries between what is real and what is not become blurred.

In ‘Reading Turgenev’, which was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize, an Irish country girl is trapped in a loveless marriage with an older man. But she finds unusual solace – in secret meetings with a man who shares her passion for Russian novels …

The second story, ‘My House in Umbria’ tells how romantic novelist Emily Delahunty helps the survivors of a bomb attack on a train and invents colourful pasts for her convalescent patients.

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The two lives of the title are brilliantly illuminated in a pair of short novels, Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria, that exemplify the biting, tragicomic work of this Anglo-Irish master. The first novel is a sorrowful love story, the second a sort of thriller. Each of Trevor's two heroines is trapped in her life, one in Ireland and the other in Italy, and each has some experience of the transformational power of literature, a subject the author knows at first hand. Nobody can break your heart with such laconic precision. To be read with handkerchief in hand.

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""Two Lives" offers two superb novels in one volume . . . as rich and moving as anything I have read in years. . . . Marvelous." --"The Guardian" "A sensibility reigns here which is at once inquisitive and loving. . . . Trevor's is among the most subtle and sophisticated fiction being written today." --John Banville, "The New York Review of Books" "A writer at the peak of his powers; ["Two Lives"] reminds you what good reading is all about." --Anne Tyler, "Chicago Sun Times" "One of the most beautiful and memorable things Trevor has written." --Hermione Lee, "The Independent on Sunday" (U.K.) "These novels will endure. And in every beautiful sentence there is not a word out of place." --Anita Brookner, "The Spectator" (U.K.) "Trevor's adroit playing-off of two worlds in each of the Two Lives--the sterile and the sublime--enables him to balance humor and heartbreak in perfect equilibrium." --John Walsh, "The Sunday Times" (London) "He writes like an angel, but is determined to wring your heart . . . Trevor at his most evocative and haunting." --"The Daily Mail" (U.K.)

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