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Afternoon of a Faun

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"The truth might be hard to bring to light, but that didn’t mean it didn’t exist, because it did exist: fixed in its moment, unalterable, and certainly not a matter of ‘belief.’ "


When an old flame accuses him of sexual assault in her memoir, expat English journalist Marco Rosedale is brought rapidly and inexorably to the brink of ruin. His reputation and livelihood at stak
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company
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Carol
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one sitting. What a fascinating and thrilling piece of fiction, and it couldn’t be more timely. See Kipnis (who blurbs it on the back cover of the galley) in her latest Guardian piece, “A Man Lost His Job For A Rape Joke”. Lasdun is very smart, and this is his best novel yet.
Bettie☯
Apr 09, 2019 marked it as maybe
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“An instant masterpiece that brings the taut psychological precision of a Chekhov story to a hyper-modern, post-#MeToo setting” —Johanna Thomas-Corr, The Observer https://bit.ly/2G3uBYs [sponsored]
Bonnie Brody
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ex-pat journalist Marco Rosedale is living the good life in Manhattan. Out of the blue, he finds out that Julia Gault, a woman he briefly worked with around two decades ago, is publishing her memoir and, in this memoir, is accusing Marco of raping her some 20 years ago. Marco scours his memory and, for the life of him, cannot remember any specific wrongdoing on his part. He does know, however, that if this memoir gets published, his personal and professional lives will come to ruin. He confides ...more
Camille
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
So compelling that I read it in one sitting. A twisty tale with no clear-cut truths about a man accused of rape decades after the fact.
Greg
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Setting this novella during the months leading up to the Trump election, with his history of female maltreatment and loose affiliation with the truth, lends power to its #MeToo story. Its central theme is a search for truth in a time when the truth has become malleable. On the one hand, the unnamed narrator claims that truth is rigid: “The truth might be hard to bring to light, but that didn’t mean it didn’t exist, because it did exist: fixed in its moment, unalterable and certainly not a matter ...more
Carolyn
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the context of the #metoo movement, current sympathies lie with the accuser, who is usually female, well before many facts are presented publicly. In this book, the author takes the opposite perspective. The question addressed is: what happens in the life of the male accused of the sexual assault? The overwhelming power of the #metoo movement from the point of view of the accused is explored with detail and care, with the narrator trying hard to be objective, as he knows both of the principal ...more
Frederique Courard-Hauri
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Engaging and thought-provoking. It took me a while to start reading this short novel, knowing from reviews that its plot depends on a #MeToo moment, and I wasn't sure I wanted to read this type of fiction written by a man. But, oh, I am glad I did. Once I started reading, I didn't put it down-- and finished it in a day and a half. Highly recommended.
Nicole Gardiner
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thus was a very interesting read. It very much challenged me to really think about how I view allegations of sexual assault in this age. I found myself continually surprised at my shifting view on the characters and who I believed and why.
Richard
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Liz Goodwin
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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These days, when public discourse seems like so much shouting past each other, the last thing you want to read is a fictionalized he-said/she-said about a #metoo moment. BUT! Not many write as lucidly as Lasdun about how people think, and his narrator - an acquaintance of both the he and the she -recounts what he is told as well as how he processes that information. While we live with the optimism and anxiety caused by a tectonic cultural shift, when masses of received wisdom are breaking up and ...more
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James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published two novels as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. 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 Harpe ...more