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Book Title: The Age Of Terror|
The author of the book: David Plante
Date of issue: November 26th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780312198244
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.39 MB
Edition: St. Martin's Press
Read full description of the books The Age Of Terror:Joe, an impressionable young American, journeys to Leningrad and Moscow in search of a more satisfying world. Immediately drawn to a wistful young Russian woman, Zoya, Joe follows her into the dark underworld of the Russian black market, where his idealistic view of Russia is challenged by the venality and ethical depravity that confront him. There Zoya introduces him to Gerald, a cynical, dissipated American, determined to ruthlessly exploit the collapse of the Soviet Union. As Joe is ineluctably drawn into their barren, amoral world, he discovers the invidious secret that manacles Zoya inextricably to Gerald. Suddenly Joe finds himself the third player in one of the most intense sexual and emotional triangles in recent literature. As he struggles to liberate Zoya from Gerald's grasp, Joe must come to terms with his own helplessness and emotional inanition. In a surrealistic conclusion, Plante explores the complex ethical implications of the end of idealism. The Age of Terror, a disturbing novel with mysterious and unexpected twists, proclaims a universal theme of sacredness and ultimate redemption.
Read information about the authorThe son of Albina Bisson and Aniclet Plante, he is of both French-Canadian and North American Indian descent.He is a graduate of Boston College and the Université catholique de Louvain. He has been published extensively including in The New Yorker and The Paris Review and various literary magazines. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Among his honours are: Henfield Fellow, University of East Anglia, 1975; British Arts Council Grant, 1977; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1983; American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, 1983. He is an Ambassador for the LGBT Committee of the New York Public Library. His voluminous diary is kept in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. His papers are kept in the library of The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a retired professor of creative writing at Columbia University. His novels examine the spiritual in a variety of contexts, but notably in the milieu of large, working-class, Catholic families of French Canadian background. His male characters range from openly gay to sexually ambiguous and questioning.
He has been a writer-in-residence at Gorki Institute of Literature (Moscow), the Université du Québec à Montréal, Adelphi University, King's College, the University of Cambridge, Tulsa University, and the University of East Anglia. Plante’s work, for which he has been nominated for the National Book Award, includes Difficult Women (1983), a memoir of his relationships with Jean Rhys, Sonia Orwell, and Germaine Greer and the widely-praised Francoeur Trilogy--The Family (1978), The Country (1980) and The Woods (1982). His most recent book is a memoir of Nikos Stangos, his partner of forty years, The Pure Lover (2009). The papers of his former partner, Nikos Stangos (1936-2004), are in The Princeton University Library, the Program in Hellenic Studies. Plante lives in London, Lucca Italy, and Athens Greece. He has dual citizenship, American and British.
Considered to be a writer's writer and having lived for so many years among the artistic elite, David's personal memories are seen by many as high cultural history.
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