A Lonely Man by Chris Power (Hardback)
In a twist on the cat-and-mouse narrative, A Lonely Man depicts an attempt to create art at the brink of empathy and imagination.
'A taut, subtle, postmodern literary thriller.' SUNDAY TIMES 'A remarkable debut; an accomplished and intricately plotted story.'-JON McGREGOR 'A Lonely Man is a delicate snare of a novel.'-BRANDON TAYLOR 'A thrilling, unnerving novel. a page-turner with exacting syntax and emotional heft.'-CATHERINE LACEY 'Impressively deft. A Lonely Man is a tense and taut work.'-BENJAMIN MYERS 'A classy page-turner.' MAIL ON SUNDAY
Robert is a struggling writer living in Berlin with his wife and two young daughters. One night he meets Patrick, an enigmatic stranger with a sensational story to tell: a ghostwriter for a Russian oligarch - recently found hanged - who is now being followed. But is he really in danger?
Patrick's life strikes Robert as a fabrication, but one that comes to obsess him. He decides to use the other man, and his story. An elegant and atmospheric twist on the cat-and-mouse narrative, A Lonely Man is a novel of shadows, of the search for identity and the elastic nature of truth.
As his association with Patrick hurtles towards tragedy, Robert must decide: are actual events the only things that give a story life, and are some stories too dangerous to tell?
About the Author: Chris Power is the author of Mothers, which was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. He lives in London.
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