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It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon is the only neutral port left in Europe - a city filled with spies and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to pass the time until they can escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, wealthy, bohemian and beset by all the social and sexual anxieties of their class. As Portugal's neutrality and the world's future hang in the balance, the hidden threads of their lives begin to come loose. This journey will change the four of them irrevocably.

The two hotel francforts - David Leavitt

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Title
The two hotel francforts
Author
David Leavitt
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20131107

It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon is the only neutral port left in Europe - a city filled with spies and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to pass the time until they can escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, wealthy, bohemian and beset by all the social and sexual anxieties of their class. As Portugal's neutrality and the world's future hang in the balance, the hidden threads of their lives begin to come loose. This journey will change the four of them irrevocably.

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David Leavitt's fiction has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize,
the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the LA Times Fiction Prize,
and shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. His writing has appeared in
the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's and Vogue,
among other publications. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he is
Professor of English at the University of Florida and edits the
literary magazine Subtropics.

Utterly unpredictable and quite brilliant ... We leave Lisbon breathless and utterly dazzled … One of the major voices of contemporary fiction. Moving, ravishing and fiercely ambitious, this is a novel to treasure
Observer

If you think of Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Franaise reimagined by Alan Hollinghurst, you get the picture ... Leavitt paces his narrative with skill, and carefully doles out the truth about his characters to keep you turning the pages … Never quite what it seems and never fails to intrigue
The Times

Decoys, fake names, doubles and puzzles abound in this carefully constructed novel. I sensed Leavitt having fun with the layered intricacies of his narrative ... somewhat Waugh-esque
Financial Times

Charged psycho-sexual drama ... Written in finely-honed prose and brief, elegant chapters, this evocative and atmospheric novel awakens us to our own expectations even as its characters' eyes are opened
Daily Mail

Atmospheric
New York Times Notable Books of the Year

Unfurls like a classic Hollywood film, crackling with intrigue and illicit romance … He transports the reader to a wayward world racked by historic upheaval and intimate demons
O, the Oprah Magazine

Type
BOOK
Edition
Export ed
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
272

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