Half a Look of Cain

Author(s): William Goyen
Original Publish Date: Apr 08, 2015
Product Number: EB00654864
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781941531297
Publisher: Dzanc Books
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Part fable and part rhapsodic exploration of desire and loss, Half a Look of Cain bears Goyen's unmistakable artistic signature on every page. Told as a series of nested episodes, the novel is narrated alternately by a male nurse, his patient, and a lighthouse keeper. As boundaries blur and connections between the men emerge, Half a Look of Cain becomes a meditation on communion and alienation, and an exploration of emotional and physical longing. The novel is both a rediscovered cry against the conformity and suppressed emotions of the 1950s and a celebration of passion. Reginald Gibbons has edited the novel from the author's multiple manuscripts and has contributed a wonderful afterword.

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