Standing on a railway platform in a Swiss resort town, sensibly clad in his Burberry raincoat and walking shoes, a man thinks he may be looking at the woman for whom he ruined his life many years earlier. Alan Sherwood, a quiet English solicitor, remembers back to a time when he stepped briefly out of character to indulge in a liaison with Sarah Miller, an intriguing but heartless distant relative--only to find himself in a series of absurd situations that culminated in his marriage to Sarah's clinging, childlike friend Angela.
With her compassionate portrait of a man who has paid a terrible price for his folly, Anita Brookner gives us a novel that it at once harrowing and humane. In the traditions of Henry James and Thomas Mann, Altered States is a beautifully rendered tale of loneliness, guilt, and erotic obsession.
About the Author
Anita Brookner est nee a Londres en 1928 et, excepte quelques annees passees a Paris, elle y a toujours vecu depuis. Historienne d art et ecrivain, elle est l auteur de vingt-quatre romans, dont "Hotel du lac", qui lui a valu d etre recompensee par le Booker Prize en 1984. Presque tous ses ouvrages ont ete publies en francais. Chez Fayard ont paru: "Les Regles du consentement" (2004) et "Loin de soi" (2006).
"Engrossing-- a brilliant X-ray of obsession." -New York Times Book Review
"Brilliant.... In a category of its own." -The Globe and Mail
"Altered States -- is among [Brookner's] best. Its spare, gripping narrative and sombre, yet illuminating look at the power of passion is extraordinary." -The London Free Press
"Brookner's vision of human behaviour is scrupulously honest, without ever being cruel-- a gem of revelation." -Chicago Tribune