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A Previous Life by Edmund White

A Previous Life by Edmund White


'Elegant, erudite, raunchy and fun' - Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less


A daring, category-confounding and ruthlessly funny novel from Edmund White, exploring polyamory and bisexuality, ageing and love.


Sicilian aristocrat and musician Ruggero, and his younger American wife, Constance, agree to break their marital silence and write their Confessions. Until now they had a ban on speaking about the past, since transparency had wrecked their previous marriages. As the two take turns reading the memoirs they've written about their lives, Constance reveals her multiple marriages to older men, and Ruggero details the affairs he's had with men and women across his lifetime -- most importantly his passionate affair with the author Edmund White.


A searing, scintillating take on physical beauty and its inevitable decline, A Previous Life pushes for a broader understanding of sexual orientation and explores the themes of love and age through numerous eyes, hearts and minds.


Delightful, irreverent, and experimental, A Previous Life proves once more why White is considered a master of American literature.




'Elegant, erudite, raunchy and fun' - Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less


'The best book in Edmund White's long and extraordinary career' - Benjamin Moser


'Fresh and inventive and wise' - Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

  • Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury

    Publication Date: 19/1/23

    ISBN: 9781526632258

    Format: Paperback

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