A Radical Romance

A Memoir of Love, Grief and Consolation
Fig Tree (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 31. Oktober 2019
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 256 Seiten
978-0-241-24450-0 (ISBN)
A luminous memoir of love and grief from the author of Common People

Alison Light met the radical social historian, Raphael Samuel, in London in 1986. Twenty years her senior, Raphael was a charismatic figure on the British Left, utterly driven by his work and by a commitment to collective politics. Within a year they were married. Within ten, Raphael would be dead.

Theirs was an attraction of opposites - he from a Jewish Communist family with its roots in Russia and Eastern Europe, she from the English working class. In this chronicle of a passionate marriage, Alison Light peels back the layers of their time together, its intimacies and its estrangements.

She tells of moving into Raphael's cluttered 18th-century house in Spitalfields and into his equally full, unconventional life; of the whirlwind of change outside their door which brutally transformed London's old East End districts; of being widowed at 41, and finding inspiration in her friendship with Raphael's mother. Finally she reflects on the power of mourning and how it shapes a life.

Through its frank and touching account of a marriage between two very different people, it celebrates the capacity we all have to share our lives and to change our selves.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Penguin Books Ltd
  • Höhe: 222 mm
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  • Breite: 144 mm
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  • Dicke: 26 mm
  • 377 gr
978-0-241-24450-0 (9780241244500)

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Alison Light is a writer and critic. She is an honorary professor in the Department of English at University College, London, Honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University and a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. A regular contributor to the London Review of Books, she is the author of the much-acclaimed Mrs Woolf and the Servants and Common People, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. She lives in Oxford.
The most powerful family history I have ever read * Penelope Lively, New York Times, on Common People * Remarkable, haunting, full of wisdom * The Times, on Common People * Mesmeric and deeply moving * Daily Telegraph, on Common People * Part detective story, part Dickensian saga, part labour history. A thrilling and unnerving read * Observer, on Common People *

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