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The Cliff A Novel Download Ù 105 Care that some misstep does not reveal him as a fraud His life is further complicated when one of the guest the despised feminist poet mysteriously disappearsAfter passing through what he calls a cloudy afternoon of the soul including the very real fear that he will be implicated in the disappearance of the poet Smith contrives in the end to amend his life and even to revive his all but abandoned literary careerThis devastatingly satiric and funny book David R Slavitt's fiftieth is a complicated burlesue that turns out to be a moving story of human frailty and spiritual rebirth It is a feat of literary legerdemain that will dazzle even admirers of Slavitt's Turkish Delights Lives of the Saints Salazar Blinks and The Hussar.

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The Cliff A Novel Download Ù 105 John Smith is an imminent historian secure in his well paid position as an endowed professor at a major university Any day he expects a favorable reply to his application for a residency at the Villa Sfrondata a foundation supported colony for artists and intellectuals on the banks of Italy's Lake Como where he hopes to finish work on a study of MussoliniJohn Smith the other John Smith is a bitter and failed novelist an adjunct assistant professor of English at the same university Suffering from writer's block ignored by his daughter hounded by his former wife's attorney for back alimony and about to lose his job his prospects could not be dimmer that is until the day the Villa Sfrondata's invitation to the eminent histori.

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The Cliff A Novel Download Ù 105 An is delivered to him by mistake Before you know it the down and out how can things get worse what have I got to lose John Smith is in Italy ensconced imposter though he is in a room at the centuries old villaBut what had promised to be a blissful if ill gotten idyll uickly sours The villa is drafty and decaying the staffs are surly and incompetent and the other residents among them a Nigerian economist a Washington lawyer a book designer an art historian and a feminist poet from California are a motley and eccentric group whom Smith finds all but insufferable He seizes every opportunity to deflate their overblown pretensions with a razor sharp wit which he possesses in astonishing abundance At the same time he must take.

  • Hardcover
  • 154
  • The Cliff A Novel
  • David R. Slavitt
  • English
  • 14 June 2018
  • 9780807117811