UK 2004, 488 pp., brochure, € 13.89Kostenloser Versand ab 20 Euro Bestellwert.
The narrator of this narrative is Mark Sheridan. Born into the theatrical family of his uncle, R.B Sheridan, he recounts his years with a traveling theatre company, and his turbulent love affair with Edmond, a young actor. Interwoven are flashbacks to his turbulent earlier life and a pre-war world long vanished, his childhood in China, his schooldays in Paris, the months in St Petersburg at the beginning of the 1905 revolution, threading through them all, his awakening sexuality. For men such as he, these were dangerous times. Ruin and imprisonment were their oft companions. The narrator describes his erotic experiences and his passion for the theatre with a wealth of frank and sometimes startling detail, and his apologia, in the last pages, is a stark reminder of the literary and legal constraints which bound his contemporaries.