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This is an auction for NIGHT LETTERS by Robert Dessaix.

"A literary Australian's affliction with HIV and his decision to spend some of his remaining time in Europe are the pretexts for this engrossing collection of epistolary reflections on the meaning of life, love, and time. Loathe to disrupt his quiet life by committing himself to fight the disease, unwilling to putter along pretending it doesn't exist, he decides to drift wherever chance takes him for a while. In these letters home, written in a Venice hotel room over the course of 20 days, our hero details his traveling adventures through Locarno, Vicenza, and Padua; details his intriguing conversations with a German professor staying at the hotel; meditates on the meaning and emotional significance of the cathedrals, museums, and venerable alleyways he frequents; and makes use of numerous entertaining discourses on the history of Venice, the nature of Venetians, the differences in philosophy and style between Marco Polo and Casanova etc as springboards for pondering the fate which awaits him--and all of us as well. Seductive, charming, and always thought-provoking. Despite this hero's unhappy prospects, he and his creator prove the best of traveling companions, whatever your journey happens to be."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

"NIGHT LETTERS, dense with allusions to literary travelers like Dante, Casanova and Sterne, comprises discourses on heaven and hell, seduction and sex, all in a wry, chatty, and surprisingly cheerful voice. Dessaix's central insight, if hardly original, is hard-won and moving: that life may be lived best as a voyage, not to get somewhere or to accumulate experiences, but to savour each moment."
- New York Times Book Review

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 1999.

276 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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