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Título: Losing Nelson
Editorial: Hamish Hamilton, London, UK
Año de publicación: 1999
Encuadernación: Hard Cover
Condición del libro: Very Good
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Edición: First Edition
A true UK first edition / first printing, with the full number string 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page. A great copy of this unsettling novel, about a man obsessed with re-creating Nelson's battles (in his basement). By the Booker Prize-winning author of 'Sacred Hunger'. A very nice copy, marred only by a yellowing of the page edges.Not price-clipped. We protect all our books with a removable cover, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 000967
Sinopsis: A basement in North London holds its own secrets - as the life of Lord Nelson is faithfully re-enacted by his "dark twin".
Críticas: Admiral Horatio Nelson has remained one of the enduring heroes of English nationalism. Perched atop Nelson's column in London, the Admiral has been rattled on his pedestal with Tom Pocock's revelations in Nelson's Women. However, Barry Unsworth's devastating novel Losing Nelson takes the interrogation of the Admiral even further, in this dark, gripping study of the dark side of heroism and hero worship.
In the basement of his large anonymous North London house, Charles Cleasby obsessively re-enacts every manoeuvre of every single military engagement undertaken by his hero and "bright angel", Admiral Nelson. Cleasby's fervent admiration of the Admiral extends upstairs to his life's work, a biography of the great man. Cleasby's only assistant in his heroic struggle with Nelson is Miss Lily, a hired secretary paid by the hour, who carefully transcribes Cleasby's painstaking attempts to rescue Nelson's name from unpatriotic, academic cynics. Yet Cleasby's passion soon reveals a darker side, as he declares that he is in fact Nelson's "dark twin", sharing with the Admiral a parental bereavement at the same age. This, alongside the brutality of his emotionally crippled father, throws Cleasby into an agoraphobic tangent to everyday reality. His only solace is his growing attachment to Miss Lily, and the ongoing struggling with his bright angel, as the novel slowly and deliberately builds to its shocking climax.
Losing Nelson confirms the Booker prize-winning Unsworth as one of the most elegant but understated novelists currently writing. The historical grasp of Nelson is outstanding, but where the novel really excels, and also profoundly disturbs, is in its exploration of the tarnished angels of patriotism and heroism. This is an absorbing, troubling novel. --Jerry Brotton
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