Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel

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Canongate, 2009 - British - 296 pages
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"Every two years the international art world descends on Venice for the opening of the Biennale. Among them is Jeff Atman - a jaded and dissolute journalist - whose dedication to the cause of Bellini-fuelled partygoing is only intermittently disturbed by the obligation to file a story. When he meets the spellbinding Laura, he is rejuvenated, ecstatic. Their romance blossoms quickly, but is it destined to disappear just as rapidly?" "Every day thousands of pilgrims head to the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi, the holiest Hindu city in India. Among their number is a narrator who may or may not be the Atman previously seen in Venice. Intending to visit only for a few days he ends up staying for months, and suddenly finds - or should that be loses? - a hitherto unexamined idea of himself, the self. In a romance he can only observe, he sees a reflection of the kind of pleasures that, willingly or not, he has renounced. In the process, two ancient and watery cities become versions of --

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User Review  - berthirsch - LibraryThing

A hip English freelance magazine writer travels to Venice to report on an obscure art figure in conjunction with the Biennale Art Fair. There he meets an evocative beauty, a younger art gallerist from ... Read full review

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User Review  - JimElkins - LibraryThing

A breezy, superficial book, a combination of the English mortification and fretting in "Bridget Jones's Diary" and ordinary travel journalism. What is the value, for fiction, of detailed, immediate ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Geoff Dyer is the author of three previous novels, a critical study of John Berger, and six other nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is a regular contributor to publications including the Guardian and the New Statesman. He lives in London.

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