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A sophisticated, taboo-breaking novel of the sexual obsession of an older man and a young married woman, in the long-awaited return of an acclaimed novelist.

"Once upon a time, her aunt calls . . . Can he meet with the niece?" He is a writer, middle-aged, thoughtful, engaged in a project that involves observing and describing the female form. The niece is young, married, and beautiful, an art historian who wants to write. They have much in common, the aunt suggests.

The light acquaintance soon turns darkly erotic. The writer recounts an increasingly charged series of trysts in which he and the young woman create a heady otherworld, where there are no husbands and no limits, where uninhibited lovers may discard the deepest taboos. No longer merely subjects for conversation, the passions shared by the writer and the young woman -- for art, storytelling, and experience -- fuel a transgressive vision of love that cannot, in the end, compete with the demands of the ordered world.

Written in taut, hypnotic prose, The Beholder plumbs the seductive depths of obsession and the paradoxes of the human heart. In his first novel in fifteen years, Thomas Farber has delivered a rapturous evocation of erotic love.

    

Praise for this book

"Here's a poet who writes with economy and precise beauty of desire, love, and the irrevocable lonliness of the heart... Don't miss this book." - Isabel Allende


Used availability for Thomas Farber's The Beholder

Hardback Editions

August 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Beholder: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Farber
ISBN: 0-8050-6972-0 / 978-0-8050-6972-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Beholder: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas Farber
ISBN: 0-312-42182-6 / 978-0-312-42182-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Kindle Editions

May 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Beholder
Author(s): Thomas Farber
Publisher: Thomas Farber
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