Afternoon of a Faun

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.8 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published novels, including The Horned Man, as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. He is the author of Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked. He has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Los Angeles Times, T. S. Eliot, and Forward prizes in poetry; and he was the winner of the inaugural U.K./BBC Short Story Prize. His nonfiction has been published in Harper's Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books.


Expertly orchestrated and engaging... Of the novels to come out of the #MeToo moment to date, none is more riveting, insightful, and unsettling.
An instant masterpiece that brings the taut psychological precision of a Chekhov story to a hyper-modern, post-#MeToo setting.
Brilliant... Lasdun's writing spreads implication like condensed flavor crystals that dissolve in water. By the end of the novel, he has examined every corner of the narrator's conflicted psyche without once resorting to cliché.
Slippery, provoking, and very timely... Something fascinating and disturbing takes place: the book's villain is neither the accused nor the accuser but the ostensibly impartial onlooker... In our moment of rampant #MeToo voyeurism, this sleight of hand works to devastating effect.
[A] brilliant new novel of the #MeToo era--Roger Cohen
Afternoon of a Faun has a propulsive energy... The denouement, when it arrives, is shocking.
Afternoon of a Faun is a highly conscientious novel, elegant in its execution and almost humble in its refusal to grandstand, or to turn a story about rape allegations into some didactic allegory.--Josephine Livingstone
Afternoon of a Faun is a brilliantly imagined, devastatingly insightful, and powerfully rendered novel of sexual exploitation and betrayal. Like all of James Lasdun's work, it is meticulously written and intelligent, both a novel of ideas and a cautionary tale for the #MeToo era. Its ending is bitterly ironic, or perhaps just darkly funny, depending upon one's perspective--and Afternoon of a Faun is about the very drama of 'perspective.'--Joyce Carol Oates, author of American Martyr