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The unnamed narrator seems to say to us I cannot repent for to do so would be to deny the very thing which brought me into existence. Thanks only to the encouragements of her editor that the novel was finished as it was probably intended from the beginning. He is a man who appears to have everything: wealth, a beautiful wife and children, and a prestigious political career in Parliament.

On a superficial level this might be about a moment of falling in love, but it is a lot deeper than that. There was however one person, who was hypnotized by the spectacle of that aloof elegance when it struck him with the force majeure equal to the moment of his re/birth. Damage is a perfect example of how the near inter-uterine bond between a brother and a sister that ruptured at the tender adolescent age was carried by Anna Barton forevermore. Readers may find the prose overly mannered, however, and the novel more successful as an emotional tour de force than as a credible study of human nature. This treasure trove of letters, stories, essays, poems, selections from diaries and journals, and excerpts from novels covers WW II from seemingly every conceivable angle.

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But his life lacks passion, and his aching emptiness drives him to an all-consuming, and ultimately catastrophic, relationship with his son’s fiancée. When the unnamed narrator, a reputable physician and rising MP, meets mysterious, compelling Anna Barton, ``the shock of recognition passed through my body like a powerful current. Some of the people she encountered saw that trail and run away, most did not see it but were attracted to the sheer hypnotic elegance of the movement.A woman I had known only days, to whom I had spoken only a few sentences, watched me betray my wife and my son. A second screen adaptation has been released in April 2023 as a four-part limited series for Netflix, under the title Obsession. Josephine Hart (1942-2011) was the bestselling author of Damage, Sin, Oblivion and The Reconstructionist. This New York Times bestselling novel, now in a brand-new edition, is a daring look at the dangers of obsession and the depth of its shattering consequences.

Damage is a 1991 novel by Josephine Hart about a British politician who, in the prime of life, causes his own downfall through an inappropriate relationship. This reveals the second assumption which Josephine makes in her novels and nowhere better than in Damage. In a review for Kirkus Reviews, it was said that "this spare, dreamlike first novel comes festooned with blurbs from the likes of Ruth Rendell and Iris Murdoch, and no wonder, for it's an unforgettable tale of sexual obsession and its calamitous consequences", while being described as "Elliptical, haunting, and altogether extraordinary. Just then the MP is casually introduced to his grown-up son's enigmatic girlfriend Anna and helplessly falls for her.Known for tales of sexual obsession that explore the darker aspects of the psyche, Hart (Damage; Sin) adds to these another title (published earlier this year in the U. The MP runs down the stairs completely naked, finding Martyn dead, sprawled out on the ground floor. There are those born in rolling countryside who are really only at ease in the intense and busy loneliness of the city. Be it awakening from deep sleep rather than shallow existence, from not feeling into being powerfully overwhelmed by emotions, from building a false self, into being released from the pretenses, from longing for wealth and success into being fused with the significant Other. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Dazed and utterly confused, he tumbles backwards, hits the low banister and falls down the stairwell.I wrote in longhand, on a lined copy book and I believe, though the originals are now in Boston, that few changes were made to these opening chapters when the novel was published in early 1991. She got frightened by its inevitable trajectory and left it untouched for many months having considered it far too dangerous to continue.

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