Heartbreak by Craig Raine

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Characters struggle to feel in sufficient depth to have their heart truly broken – and it is in depicting these failures of feeling that the novel most succeeds.
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What becomes of the broken-hearted? An acclaimed poet and literary essayist's first novel is an exquisite, moving, erotic investigation of love and its painful corollary

In Craig Raine's startlingly moving, intellectually nimble, sexually candid, wickedly funny first novel, the central character is not a person, but an invisible metaphor: heartbreak. Through the stories of a virtuoso cast of characters—among them a physically scarred academic, a strangely beautiful young girl with Down's syndrome, a world-renowned actress, and a brilliant Czech poet—the book investigates one of the most elusive yet deeply felt of human conditions. It is a compassionate and textured novel about what happens to us when love and loss collide.

 

About Craig Raine

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Craig Raine is the former poetry editor at Faber, the editor of the arts tri-quarterly Areté, and the author of several works of poetry and literary essays as well as the critical study T. S. Eliot.
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Atlantic Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Dec 09 2012

Characters struggle to feel in sufficient depth to have their heart truly broken – and it is in depicting these failures of feeling that the novel most succeeds.

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