by Colm Tóibín - £9.99 Pan Macmillan (Picador) (2010)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780330491389 | ISBN 10: 0330491385
In this perceptive and rich collection of essays Tóibín investigates the lives as well as the work of homosexual writers and artists of the nineteenth and twentieth century.
In Love in a Dark Time, Colm Tóibín looks at the life and work of some of the greatest and most influential artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His subjects range from figures such as Oscar Wilde, born in the 1850s, to Pedro Almodóvar, born nearly a hundred years later. Tóibín studies how a changing world impacted on the lives of people who, on the whole, kept their homosexuality hidden, and reveals that the laws of desire changed everything for them, both in their private lives and in the spirit of their work.
"Honest, stimulating, perceptive...Tóibín treats his subject with confidence and authority, both of which attributes are only strengthened by his moderation of tone and the depth of his compassion. He writes with rare tenderness of figures as disparate as Elizabeth Bishop and Francis Bacon, Thomas Mann and Roger Casement, Thom Gunn and Pedro Almodóvar"
(John Banville, Irish Times)
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