Double Vision

Double Vision

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Baker & Taylor
Profoundly affected by the events of September 11th and its aftermath, two British journalists return to England to face different fates, in a study of the effects of violence on those who come in contact with it.

Holtzbrinck
A gripping novel about the effects of violence on the journalists and artists who have dedicated themselves to representing it

In the aftermath of September 11, reeling from the effects of reporting from New York City, two British journalists, a writer, Stephen Sharkey, and a photographer, Ben Frobisher, part ways. Stephen, facing the almost simultaneous discovery that his wife is having an affair, returns to England shattered; he divorces and quits his job. Ben returns to his vocation. He follows the war on terror to Afghanistan and is killed.

Stephen retreats to a cottage in the country to write a book about violence, and what he sees as the reporting journalist's or photographer's complicity in it; it is a book that will build in large part on Ben's writing and photography. Ben's widow, Kate, a sculptor, lives nearby, and as she and Stephen learn about each other their world speedily shrinks, in pleasing but also disturbing ways; Stephen's maid, with whom he has begun an affair, was once lovers with Kate's new studio assistant, an odd local man named Peter. As these connections become clear, Peter's strange behavior around Stephen and Kate begins to take on threatening implications. The sinister events that take place in this small town, so far from the theaters of war Stephen has retreated from, will force him to act instinctively, violently, and to face his most painful revelations about himself.


Blackwell North Amer
Insomnia, exhaustion, recurring nightmares - Stephen Sharkey is suffering the after-effects of his career as a war reporter, most recently in Afghanistan, where Ben Frobisher, war photographer and friend, has been shot dead on assignment. Hanging up his flak jacket and turning his back on the everyday reality of war, Stephen moves into a quiet and peaceful cottage in the north of England. It seems the perfect environment in which to write his book on the representations of war - a book that will be based largely on Ben Frobisher's work.
Here Stephen meets Kate Frobisher, Ben's widow, and the mysterious Peter Wingrave, who seems to generate nothing but unease in those around him - and Justine, a woman twenty years Stephen's junior, with whom he soon finds himself involved. Even far from the war-torn countries he has left behind, Stephen's supposed isolation offers no protection from other people's suffering or the shattering effects of human brutality.

Baker
& Taylor

Profoundly affected by the events of September 11th and its aftermath, two British journalists return to England--Stephen Sharkey to divorce and quitting his job, and photographer Ben Frobisher to follow the war on terror to Afghanistan and death on the battlefield--in a gripping study of the effects of violence on those who come in contact with it. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374209056
0374209057
Branch Call Number: F BAR
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 22 cm

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