ISBN 9780143105671 | 640 pages | 27 Jan 2009 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Hurtle Duffield, a painter, coldly dissects the weaknesses of any and all who enter his circle. His sister's deformity, a grocer's moonlight indiscretion, the passionate illusions of the women who love him-all are used as fodder for his art. It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological menace that sheds brutally honest light on the creative experience."One of the great magicians of fiction . . . White's scope is vast and his invention endless."
-The Observer (London)