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Secret History of Modernism, The

Author(s): C.K. Stead

NZ Fiction

A chance meeting has New Zealand writer Laszlo Winter thinking back to his time in London in the late 1950s. The Empire might be in a state of collapse, but for young 'colonials', England remains a mythical place that draws them from the farthest comers of the globe. There was Australian Samantha Conlan, clever, desirable, hopelessly in love with married Jewish New Zealander Freddy Goldstein, who carried with him a dark history. Rajiv, earnest young Indian at work on a study of Yeats and the Indian mind. The enigmatic Margot, whose bond with her athletic brother Mark troubled Laszlo in ways he didn't quite understand. Heather, the call girl with whom Laszlo exchanged lessons on Shakespeare for lessons in love. The great writers of the time, and the details of their lives are recorded by Samantha in her idiosyncratic research project that she named her Secret History of Modernism. There was all of that and more, and then there was Laszlo, knocking blindly about among them, despairing at his academic prospects, and gradually realising that he was, would only ever be, a storyteller. Now, years later, from the other side of the world, the people seem to spring to life again, in this beguiling work by one of New Zealand's foremost writers. C. K. Stead was Professor of English at the University of Auckland until 1986. The Secret History of Modernism is his ninth novel. He has published ten volumes of poetry and two volumes of short stories, along with several works of criticism. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 1984 he was awarded the C.B.E. for services to New Zealand literature. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Paperback (B-Format)

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C.K. Stead was awarded the C.B.E. for services to New Zealand literature in 1984.

"C.K. Stead is challenging, fun, urbane and brilliant. Read him." -- "Spectator"

C. K. Stead was Professor of English at the University of Auckland until 1986. The Secret History of Modernism is his ninth novel. He has published ten volumes of poetry and two volumes of short stories, along with several works of criticism. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 1984 he was awarded the C.B.E. for services to New Zealand literature. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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  • : 9780099447061
  • : vinteb
  • : vinteb
  • : 0.174
  • : February 2003
  • : 199mm X 129mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : C.K. Stead
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
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