The Sparsholt Affair (Paperback)

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In 1940, the handsome, athletic, and charismatic David Sparsholt arrives at Oxford University to study engineering, unaware of his effect on others—especially on Evert Dax, the lonely son of a celebrated novelist who is destined to become a writer himself. Spanning three generations, The Sparsholt Affair plumbs the ways the friendship between these two men will influence their lives—and the lives of others’—for decades to come. Richly observed and emotionally charged, this is a dazzling novel of fathers and sons, of family and legacy, and of the longing for permanence amid life’s inevitable transience.

About the Author


Alan Hollinghurst is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library; The Folding Star; The Spell; The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Stranger’s Child. He has also received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He lives in London.

Praise For…


A New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, NPR, New York Post, LitHub, Kirkus Reviews, and Slate Best Book of the Year

“Beautiful and complex. . . . Hollinghurst achieves [a] kind of symphonic effect.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Undeniably the work of a master. . . . There’s nothing [Hollinghurst] could write that I wouldn’t read.” —Charles Finch, Chicago Tribune
 
“[Hollinghurst’s] language has a burnished, witty richness and an exacting clarity of a kind that reinvigorates the act of reading; every page has something worthy of being underlined and revisited.” —The New Yorker

“Gorgeous. . . . To read an Alan Hollinghurst novel is to encounter beauty in its many forms.” —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“[Hollinghurst’s] sensibilities are so fine you sense he can detect a pea beneath 20 mattresses when it comes to failures of tact, poise and discernment.” —The New York Times
 
“Ingeniously constructed and delicately written . . . a queer classic so achingly powerful, you’ll savor every page.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Utterly captivating and immersive . . . Hollinghurst remains one of our most gifted writers, unspooling sentences as precise and lyrical, deft and ingenious, as any in the English language.” —Priscilla Gilman, The Boston Globe
 
“A literary master. . . . [Hollinghurst is] simply brilliant at capturing the nuance textures of life.” —“Fresh Air,” NPR
 
“A work of characteristic subtlety and forthrightness. . . . [Hollinghurst] is a writer for whom sex and fine art, sensual and aesthetic bliss, are not categorically discrete activities but points along a spectrum of delight.” —The New York Times Magazine
 
“[An] intimate epic.” —David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly
 
“A novel shaped by the keen understanding of how we live and the repercussions of the previous generation’s actions.” —Vogue
 
“While the novel’s gilded prose calls back to a bygone age, its evocation of that age is strikingly unstable, blurred by conflicting accounts and haunted by gaps and omissions. . . . At its heart are volatile secrets that can never be riddled into the light.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“A deeply pleasurable riffing on the repressed English novel.” —Harper’s Magazine
 
“Epic, elegant, and intricately constructed.” —NPR
 
“An amazing amount of the passion and folly of the human comedy is woven into [a] modest life, all of it beautifully observed and memorably articulated.” —The Guardian
 
“Hollinghurst’s mellifluous prose is as fine and subtly shaded as ever, and his full, persuasive immersion of the reader in the book’s far-flung eras is impeccable.” —The Seattle Times
 
“As accomplished and pleasurable as anything [Hollinghurst] has written.” —Financial Times
 
“A long, lusciously observant dive into a certain slice of 20th-century English life. . . . A wonder, full of wit and tenderness, rendered in prose of unostentatious, classic beauty. There is no better English stylist alive.” —Slate
 
“Rich with the kind of emotional detail that marks [Hollinghurst’s] best work.” —Newsday
 
“The instants of pure splendor are what make life livable, make it writable. The Sparsholt Affair affirms them, again.” —The New Republic
 
“A sweeping and intimate masterpiece, full of sensual pleasures and observational wisdom.” —Geoff Dyer
 
Call Me By Your Name meets Evelyn Waugh in a gorgeous novel about the generations-long aftershocks of a youthful tryst.” —Esquire
 
“Hollinghurst’s novels remind you of the deep pleasures of reading novels.” —Evening Standard
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101873083
ISBN-10: 1101873086
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 512
Language: English