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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Twilight of Love : Travels with Turgenev
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Dessaix explores the life of Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, particularly his relationship with the opera singer Pauline Viardot and her husband. Intrinsic to this exploration is Dessaix's journey to each of the houses where Turgenev and the Viardots lived. Within the narrative Dessaix intersperses his own reflections on the nature and meaning of life, including his understanding of the soul.

Notes

  • Dedication: For Natalie Staples.
  • Epigraph: Love is the final metaphor of sexuality. It's cornerstone is freedom: the mystery of the person. Octavio Paz. The Double Flame.
  • Epigraph: He wasn't a profound thinker or anything at all - just a piddling, laughable man. He assumed a Greek name, dressed like the Greeks, learned to behave more or less like a Greek; and all the time he was terrified he'd spoil his reasonably good image by coming out with barbaric howlers in Greek and the Alexandrians, in their usual way, would start to make fun of him, vile people that they are. From 'A Prince from Western Libya', C. P. Cavafy (translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Brio Books , 2017 .
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      Extent: 320p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published July 2017.

      ISBN: 9781925143980, 9781925143997

Works about this Work

'So Completely French' Leigh Swinbourne , 2012 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 341 2012; (p. 4)
Leigh Swinbourne expresses his concern at Robert Dessaix's 'invention' of a major figure in Dessaix's Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev. Dessaix had discussed his narrative 'invention' in the 2011 Seymour Lecture, 'Pushing against the Dark'.
As Robert was Saying Gail Bell , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , March no. 76 2012; (p. 46-49)
Aspects of Love Carla Sari (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , April vol. 66 no. 1 2007; (p. 150-157)
Cara Sari discusses 'Love of persons, places, cultures, languages' with Robert Dessaix. (Meanjin)
Love and Death Ian Cummins , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 64 no. 1-2 2005; (p. 38-44)

— Review of Twilight of Love : Travels with Turgenev Robert Dessaix , 2004 single work prose
A Living Bridge Vivienne Kelly , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 268 2005; (p. 42)

— Review of Twilight of Love : Travels with Turgenev Robert Dessaix , 2004 single work prose
Books Phil Brown , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 25 - 31 August no. 505 2004; (p. 30)

— Review of Twilight of Love : Travels with Turgenev Robert Dessaix , 2004 single work prose
Into the Twilight Louise Crossen , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 August 2004; (p. 7)

— Review of Twilight of Love : Travels with Turgenev Robert Dessaix , 2004 single work prose
The Heart of the Matter James Ley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 August 2004; (p. 5)

— Review of Twilight of Love : Travels with Turgenev Robert Dessaix , 2004 single work prose
Passion of a Free Thinker A. P. Riemer , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 August 2004; (p. 10)

— Review of Twilight of Love : Travels with Turgenev Robert Dessaix , 2004 single work prose
Lishnost Judith Armstrong , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 264 2004; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Twilight of Love : Travels with Turgenev Robert Dessaix , 2004 single work prose
On Turgenev's Trail in Powers of Love Christopher Bantick , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 November 2004; (p. 15-16)
Aspects of Love Carla Sari (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , April vol. 66 no. 1 2007; (p. 150-157)
Cara Sari discusses 'Love of persons, places, cultures, languages' with Robert Dessaix. (Meanjin)
As Robert was Saying Gail Bell , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , March no. 76 2012; (p. 46-49)
'So Completely French' Leigh Swinbourne , 2012 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 341 2012; (p. 4)
Leigh Swinbourne expresses his concern at Robert Dessaix's 'invention' of a major figure in Dessaix's Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev. Dessaix had discussed his narrative 'invention' in the 2011 Seymour Lecture, 'Pushing against the Dark'.
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