While England Sleeps by David Leavitt
A Novel

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Set against the rise of fascism in 1930's Europe, this ambitious novel by the award-winning author of Family Dancing tells the story of a love affair between two young men--an aristocrat and a working class member of the Communist party--who are swept into the violent chaos of war.

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David Leavitt’s fiction includes the collection Family Dancing and the novels The Lost Language of Cranes, The Body of Jonah Boyd, The Indian Clerk (finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and The Two Hotel Francforts. He is also the author of two nonfiction works, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Florence, A Delicate Case. He is professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and edits the literary magazine Subtropics.
Published October 7, 1993 by Viking Adult. 320 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, History, War. Fiction

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Racked by guilt, Brian at last leaves for Spain himself, to rescue Edward from the international brigade;

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Events here, however, are exacerbated by world events: the roiling background of the Spanish Civil War in 1936-37 as recalled in 1978 by Brian Botsford, a novelist and erstwhile lover of Edward Phelan, a ticket-taker in the London underground.

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Love makes us young, but the world makes us old," says the narrator of David Leavitt's extraordinary and long-awaited novel.

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