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Amigos y amantes by Iris Murdoch

By Iris Murdoch

Una novela divertida y profunda a un tiempo, y con un elemento de suspense que explora con maestría los temas que desde siempre han preocupado a los angeles autora: el amor, l. a. amistad y l. a. perversa frontera que separa el bien y el mal.

El eco de un tiro en los despachos de Whitehall, el complejo administrativo que el gobierno inglés posee en el centro de Londres, no anuncia tan solo l. a. extraña muerte de un alto funcionario, sino también el principio de una sutil intriga.

Kate y Octavian, jefe del departamento donde trabajaba el difunto, forman un matrimonio aparentemente feliz que alberga en su casa de Dorset a un extravagante grupo de personajes: un excéntrico tío que abandonó l. a. India bajo sospecha, un atormentado amigo superviviente de Dachau, el abogado responsable del caso y amante platónico de Kate, hijos de distintos matrimonios, conocidos, visitantes ocasionales...

Y todos ellos relacionados de un modo u otro con el muerto en una deliciosa comedia de errores, donde las sonrisas esconden a menudo pecados de mucha hondura.

«Un originalísimo mundo novelístico de una interminable seducción.»
El País

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What comes ‘after’ is uncertain, but faith is placed in the continuity of Sands’s social vision. If one evaluates the achievement of Wilson in a similar light – and clearly the self-doubt that inspires the creation of Sands invites us to do so – it may be significant that the testing of liberal humanism in Hemlock and After remains a pertinent ethical topic fifty years on. The task that remains, however, is to ascertain the degree of purchase that a liberal philosophy can achieve in a world that is increasingly illiberal.

A different pattern of deception haunts Gerald’s professional life. This originates in an archaeological dig in 1912, where a phallic wooden fertility figure – a pagan idol – was planted in the grave of a seventh-century Christian bishop. The historical implications of the hoax (inspired by the Piltdown man scandal) are enormous, since it suggests that the accepted version of the Conversion of Britain to Christianity may be flawed. Middleton has had an intimation of the hoax, but has concealed the knowledge for forty years, partly to protect the reputation of his mentor Lionel Stokesay, father of the perpetrator of the hoax.

41 Intimations of Social Collapse As an encompassing social vision has become increasingly difficult to sustain in the post-consensus era, there has been a shift of focus, a recalibration of the typical point of view in political fiction. The impressive technical efforts of Coe and Drabble to resurrect the collective also indicate that the alternative option, the focus on marginal and dispossessed figures, is more natural, because more representative of prevailing social changes. Indeed, the political novel since the 1980s has invariably had recourse to this approach, with its tacit acknowledgement of social fragmentation, or even the suggestion of social collapse.

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