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‘No man is free of his own history.’

'No man is free of his own history'
Hartmann and Fibich came to England on the kindertransport. As orphans of the war they were strangers in a strange land. Together, they survived. And in adulthood they have been unable to separate, sharing a successful business.
Yet Hartmann's carefully polished manners conceal the past he refuses to think about. While Fibich, a mass of fears and neuroses, can do nothing but remember. Together these two men seek to build a future from the shaky foundations of their own pasts . . .
'Like Virginia Woolf, Brookner's aim is not to draw characters in the round, but to reveal psychological reality in the deep' The Times
%%%Latecomers is the eighth novel by Anita Brookner, the Booker Prize winning author of Hotel du Lac. This edition includes an introduction by Helen Dunmore.
Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling.
Anita Brookner's Latecomers was published in 1988 and is one of her most poignant novels. It tells the story of two men, the charming Hartmann and the troubled Fibich, best friends ever since they came to England as German refugees, and how they respond to their shared history in different ways. Latecomers is a moving, compassionate portrayal of how we confront the past and live with the present, from a writer of profound psychological depth.
'She has never written a better novel . . . unbearably moving' Ruth Rendell
'Her technique as a novelist is so sure and so quietly commanding' Hilary Mantel, Guardian
Anita Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lac won the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.

Reviews

Like Virginia Woolf, Brookner’s aim is not to draw characters in the round, but to reveal psychological reality in the deep

The Times

A modern Jane Austen

Independent

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    9780141048291

    October 17, 2016

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    224 pages

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    9780141959559

    May 3, 2010

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    447 pages

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Also by Anita Brookner

Brief Lives
A Closed Eye
Fraud
Incidents In The Rue Laugier
Altered States
A Family Romance
A Private View
Falling Slowly
The Bay Of Angels
The Next Big Thing
Undue Influence
Lewis Percy
A Start In Life (Penguin Essentials)
Look At Me
Providence
Family And Friends
The Rules Of Engagement
Hotel Du Lac

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