Night of Fire by Colin Thubron

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Some readers may face the prospect of partaking seven times over in so hideous and imminent a doom with more equanimity than I did. The seven immolations are artfully varied, and appropriate to the lives they end, but all the same it’s a bit of a downer to know that every character in the book is going to end up fried.
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A house is burning. Its six tenants include a failed priest, a naturalist, a neurosurgeon and an invalid dreaming of his anxious boyhood. Their landlord’s relationship to them is both intimate and shadowy. At times he shares their preoccupations and memories. He will share their fate.

In Fire, the passions and obsessions in a dying house loom and shift, from the hallucinating drug addict in the basement to the landlord training his telescope on the night skies. The tenants’ stories range through an African refugee camp, Greek Orthodox monasteries and the cremation grounds of India, and haunting the edges of these lives are memories. Will these memories be consumed for ever by the flames? Or can memories survive in some form?

Fire is Colin Thubron’s fictive masterpiece: a novel of exquisite beauty and lingering mystery.
 

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Published September 27, 2016 by Chatto & Windus. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ursula K Le Guin on Aug 11 2016

Some readers may face the prospect of partaking seven times over in so hideous and imminent a doom with more equanimity than I did. The seven immolations are artfully varied, and appropriate to the lives they end, but all the same it’s a bit of a downer to know that every character in the book is going to end up fried.

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