A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
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“A tour de force of erotic realism, a romantic cliff-hanger; an opaline vision of Americans in France. . . . A Sport and a Pastime succeeds as art must. It tells us about ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review Twenty-year-old Yale dropout Phillip Dean is traveling Europe aimlessly in a borrowed car with little money, until stopping for a few days in a church-quiet town near Dijon, where he meets Anne-Marie Costallat, a young shop assistant. She quickly becomes to him the real France, its beating heart and an object of pure longing. The two begin an affair both carnal and innocent. Beautiful and haunting, A Sport and a Pastime is one of the first great American novels to speak frankly of human desire and the yearning for passion free of guilt and shame. This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Salter including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

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James Salter was born in New Jersey in 1926 and is the author of "The Hunters," "The Arm of Flesh," "A Sport and a Pastime," "Light Years," "Dusk and Other Stories" (winner of the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award), and a memoir, "Burning the Days," He lives in Aspen, Colorado, and Long Island, New York.
Published June 5, 2012 by Open Road Media. 204 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Self Help, Science & Math, Erotica. Fiction

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This appears in this publisher's Paris Review Editions, a series sobriquet which in this case rather suggests the old Olympia Press.

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