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Dartmouth Park: A Novel (Paperback)

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In this timely and explosive novel, an academic’s seemingly mundane midlife crisis takes an alarming turn after his visit to a Greek monastery.

It’s February 2019. Philip Notman, an acclaimed historian with a German wife and a troubled nineteen-year-old son, is on his way back from a conference in Norway when he has an unexpected and disturbing experience that completely alters his view of the life that he has been living and the world that surrounds him. 

Believing that Inés, an attractive Spanish sociologist whom he met at the conference, can shed light on what he is feeling, he travels to Cádiz to see her. But his journey doesn’t end there. Is he thinking of leaving his wife, whom he still loves, or is he trying to change a reality that he appears to find unbearable? Is he on a quest for a simpler and more authentic existence or is he utterly self-deluded? And if he is in denial about what he is doing, how far will he go to avoid facing the truth?

In this highly original and unsettling novel, one of the UK’s most celebrated writers portrays an ordinary man in an extraordinary dilemma, a dilemma that will push him to the very edge of annihilation and disaster.

About the Author

Rupert Thomson is the author of thirteen highly acclaimed novels, including Katherine Carlyle; Secrecy; The Insult, which was short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize and selected by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time; The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by Ana Kokkinos; and Death of a Murderer, which was short-listed for the Costa Novel of the Year Award. His memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, was named Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He lives in London.

Praise For…

“A masterfully ambiguous depiction of how the sincere convert is often at risk of becoming a dangerous zealot…Dartmouth Park provides a powerfully evocative catalyst for thought and feeling.” —New York Times Book Review 

“I devoured Dartmouth Park in a single sitting. The sense of dislocation—and location—made it seem like a dream of another life, all of it so lyrical and yet narratively acute. A wonderful achievement.” —Jonathan Lethem, award-winning author of The Feral Detective and Motherless Brooklyn

“A novel that turns a midlife crisis inside out, rewardingly…the result, in Thomson’s expert hands, is fast-paced and headlong; the book ends up rewiring the reader’s sense of what’s banal and what’s not. A work about estrangement and solitude that’s surprisingly rapid, engaging, light-footed.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781635421675
ISBN-10: 1635421675
Publisher: Other Press
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 432
Language: English