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Reviews

  • The word “masterpiece” is not one to throw around lightly but I was enthralled by James Lasdun’s novella Afternoon of a Faun, from his collection Victoryit has the psychological precision of a Chekhov story.

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, Evening Standard *Books of the Year*
  • Two superb novellas full of contemporary resonanceextraordinarily taut and compelling.

    Spectator
  • [Victory makes] a convincing case for James Lasdun as one of the most incisive investigators of the human heart writing in English today an instant masterpiece.

    Observer
  • The novellas [in Victory] are united by Lasdun’s signature virtues: a forensic attention to psychological detail, a mastery of dialogue and an all-round fluency that gives his prose a compelling swiftness. It is these virtues, more than the plots, that make Victory a triumph.

    Literary Review
  • Timely and irresistibly unpleasantsure to provoke passionate discussion… [Afternoon of a Faun] lingers after you have closed the book with a vividness that testifies to the compact virtues of the novella.

    Guardian

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