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Two timely explorations of male sexual violence, power and corruption

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James Lasdun's books include The Fall Guy and Give Me Everything You Have- On Being Stalked. He teaches creative writing at Columbia University and reviews regularly for the Guardian. His work has been filmed by Bernardo Bertolucci (Besieged) and he co-wrote the films Sunday, which won Best Feature and Best Screenplay awards at Sundance, and Signs and Wonders, starring Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsg rd.


"[Victory makes] a convincing case for James Lasdun as one of the most incisive investigators of the human heart writing in English today... an instant masterpiece." -- Johanna Thomas-Corr * Observer *
"Two superb novellas full of contemporary resonance... extraordinarily taut and compelling." -- Leyla Sanai * Spectator *
"The novellas [in Victory] are united by Lasdun's signature virtues: a forensic attention to psychological detail, a mastery of dialogue and an all-round fluency that gives his prose a compelling swiftness. It is these virtues, more than the plots, that make Victory a triumph." -- Frank Lawton * Literary Review *
"Timely and irresistibly unpleasant... sure to provoke passionate discussion... [Afternoon of a Faun] lingers after you have closed the book with a vividness that testifies to the compact virtues of the novella." -- Marcel Theroux * Guardian *
"[James Lasdun's] electric new book... is absorbing... [it] constantly pulls the rug from under your feet." -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Mail *
"Afternoon of a Faun is a brilliantly imagined, devastatingly insightful and powerfully rendered novel of sexual exploitation and betrayal. Like all of James Lasdun's work, it is meticulously written and intelligent, both a novel of ideas and a cautionary tale for the #MeToo era. Its ending is bitterly ironic, or perhaps just darkly funny, depending upon one's perspective - and Afternoon of a Faun is about the very drama of "perspective"." -- Joyce Carol Oates
"In an era of sexual reckonings and "defunct male prerogatives", any decades-old fling is a ticking time bomb an ambivalent ex can choose to detonate at whim. Yet who's to say what actually happened? Afternoon of a Faun is an exquisitely rendered tale of moral arithmetic, erotic murkiness, and men's fascination with other men's scorecards. It's also Lasdun at his most pleasurably diabolical." -- Laura Kipnis
"[Victory] comprises two mesmeric... impressive stories, containing beautiful descriptions and subtle twists." * Sunday Times, *Best Literary Novels of 2019* *
"Darkly humorous and compelling portraits of men wrestling with guilt and desire... [Afternoon of a Faun] feels very much a novel for our times." -- Alex Preston * Guardian *
"Fascinating about the warped thought processes that often underpin male duplicity." -- William Skidelsky * Financial Times *

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