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  • Published: 13 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784709419
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 220
  • RRP: $26.00
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Victory




Two timely explorations of male sexual violence, power and corruption

Victory makes a convincing case for James Lasdun as one of the most incisive investigators of the human heart writing in English today… An instant masterpiece’ Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer

Love and hate, desire and guilt, friendship and betrayal – these are the coordinates that drive James Lasdun’s two intensely gripping, darkly comic novellas of men and women caught between their irrational passions and the urge for control.

In Feathered Glory the seemingly happy marriage of a school principal and his artist wife reveals dangerous fault-lines as an old lover reappears in the husband’s life. The past also haunts the present in Afternoon of a Faun, where an accusation of historic sexual assault plunges Marco Rosedale, an English journalist in New York, into a series of deepening crises. Together these stories offer a sharply observed vision that will resonate with anyone interested in the clash of power and desire in our embattled contemporary lives.

  • Pub date: 13 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784709419
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 220
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

James Lasdun

James Lasdun’s books include The Fall Guy and Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked. He teaches creative writing at Columbia University and reviews regularly for the Guardian. His work has been filmed by Bernardo Bertolucci (Besieged) and he co-wrote the films Sunday, which won Best Feature and Best Screenplay awards at Sundance, and Signs and Wonders, starring Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgård.

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Praise for Victory

“[Victory makes] a convincing case for James Lasdun as one of the most incisive investigators of the human heart writing in English today… an instant masterpiece.”

Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer

“Two superb novellas full of contemporary resonance… extraordinarily taut and compelling.”

Leyla Sanai, Spectator

“The novellas [in Victory] are united by Lasdun’s signature virtues: a forensic attention to psychological detail, a mastery of dialogue and an all-round fluency that gives his prose a compelling swiftness. It is these virtues, more than the plots, that make Victory a triumph.”

Frank Lawton, Literary Review

“Timely and irresistibly unpleasant… sure to provoke passionate discussion… [Afternoon of a Faun] lingers after you have closed the book with a vividness that testifies to the compact virtues of the novella.”

Marcel Theroux, Guardian

“[James Lasdun’s] electric new book… is absorbing… [it] constantly pulls the rug from under your feet.”

Anthony Cummins, Daily Mail

“Afternoon of a Faun is a brilliantly imagined, devastatingly insightful and powerfully rendered novel of sexual exploitation and betrayal. Like all of James Lasdun’s work, it is meticulously written and intelligent, both a novel of ideas and a cautionary tale for the #MeToo era. Its ending is bitterly ironic, or perhaps just darkly funny, depending upon one’s perspective – and Afternoon of a Faun is about the very drama of “perspective”.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“In an era of sexual reckonings and “defunct male prerogatives”, any decades-old fling is a ticking time bomb an ambivalent ex can choose to detonate at whim. Yet who’s to say what actually happened? Afternoon of a Faun is an exquisitely rendered tale of moral arithmetic, erotic murkiness, and men’s fascination with other men’s scorecards. It’s also Lasdun at his most pleasurably diabolical.”

Laura Kipnis

“[Victory] comprises two mesmeric… impressive stories, containing beautiful descriptions and subtle twists.”

Sunday Times, *Best Literary Novels of 2019*

“Darkly humorous and compelling portraits of men wrestling with guilt and desire… [Afternoon of a Faun] feels very much a novel for our times.”

Alex Preston, Guardian

“Fascinating about the warped thought processes that often underpin male duplicity.”

William Skidelsky, Financial Times

“Feathered Glory confirms Lasdun as one of the great serio-comic writers of the age. The writing, alternately poetic and razor-sharp cynical, absorbs from start to finish.”

Ian Thomson, Tablet, Novel of the Week

“From book to book, James Lasdun gets more and more interesting.”

Bookmunch, 50 Books We're Looking Forward to in 2019

“Two stunningly well-written novellas… these stories are timeless in their humorous, melancholy view of the pitfalls of love.”

Anne Chisholm, Tablet, *Summer reads of 2019*


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