Mr. Gwyn & Three Times at Dawn (Hardcover)
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The celebrated author Jasper Gwyn suddenly and publicly vows never to write another book. But as his life veers into isolation and emptiness, he decides to become a "copyist," holding 30-day sittings with clients as he writes their portraits. The rich access they grant the disaffected Gwyn to other people, particularly to his business manager, the fair-haired Rebecca, also poses a startling question: what might happen if a vacant heart were suddenly crowded with the complications of love?
The second novella, "Three Times at Dawn, " explores this question while leaving greater mysteries in its wake. A man and a woman -- the same couple in each case -- meet in a trio of hotels; first she is a seductress, he a traveling salesman; on another night she is young and pregnant, while he is old and haunted by his past; finally, she is middle-aged, and he is a child whose life is already marked by tragedy. As their third dawn together draws to a close, Baricco delivers one of modern fiction's most powerful statements on the heart and the will, on kindness and the destiny that falls light as a shadow over every human life.
About the Author
Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958. The author of four previous novels, he has won the Prix Medicis Etranger in France and the Selezione Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo del Bosco prizes in Italy. His third novel, "Silk, "became an immediate bestseller in Italy and has been translated into twenty-seven languages. It is the basis of an opera by Andre Previn and a film produced by Miramax.
Ann Goldstein, an editor at The New Yorker, won the PEN Prize for Italian translation in 1993.