Commission by Finn Carling

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A famous, disillusioned novelist living in self-imposed exile on Corsica is commissioned by a wealthy English family to write a book about its dead son. Reluctantly, he is drawn into an adventure that sends him jetting to England, Provence, and Singapore to interview principals in the case. Intrigued by their conflicting views of Sebastian who was an antic Hellenic god, or a Christlike healer, or a political agitator, or a gun smuggler, or `a man who accomplished hardly anything', the narrator at last embraces their obsession as his own. Because Sebastian remains an enigma, the mystery is technically unresolved. But it is finished, in an ending that leaves one shattered."" - NY Times. ""Beautifully crafted and rendered in exquisitely spare prose, this powerful literary novel will richly reward those who are interested in reading beyond the ordinary."" - Publishers Weekly.

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Published December 31, 1993 by Peter Owen Ltd. 119 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrator, a famous (though currently unproductive) writer so determined to remain anonymous that he employs not a first-person ``I'' but a third-person ``one,'' is offered a commission: the wealthy family of Sebastian Warden, who died in Singapore under mysterious circumstances, wants a book ...

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