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The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro

(2003)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
The story of a love affair between a young man and an older woman in Taormina, Sicily, in the sixties.' This is my only story. Now that I am sixty I can tell it' He, the narrator, is a twenty-one-year-old American art student travelling the world. She is a countess - apparently cold, haughty and inaccessible. And with her is the doctor Haroun, her gay travelling companion. When he makes their acquaintance at the Palazzo D'Oro, the narrator finds himself filled with unexpected lust and playing a part in something he doesn't quite understand. Finally, aged sixty, he returns to Taormina to tell his story and confront the present. Filled with Theroux's typically effortless but devastating depictions of place, The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro is a brilliant portrayal of ageing and decay, and a shocking tale of nostalgia and sensuality in a golden age. Echoing the ambiguities of risk and remembered sexuality, the accompanying tales enlarge upon these themes of age and pursuit - the sexual awakening and rites of passage in an American boyhood, the mirror of a writer in Africa at a moment of crisis, and of a man in Hawaii bewitched by dishevelled nymphs.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro: And Other Stories
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-618-26515-5 / 978-0-618-26515-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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May 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-241-14197-4 / 978-0-241-14197-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

October 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-618-48533-3 / 978-0-618-48533-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-14-101112-2 / 978-0-14-101112-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro (OM)
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-14-101757-0 / 978-0-14-101757-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-241-14227-X / 978-0-241-14227-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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June 2003 : UK Paperback

Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-241-14259-8 / 978-0-241-14259-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Audio Editions

June 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 1-4074-8170-3 / 978-1-4074-8170-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro and Other Stories
Author(s): Paul Theroux
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon