By Jonathan Dee
For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. during this sharply saw story of self-invention and public scandal, Dee increases a trenchant query: what can we really need after we ask for forgiveness?
as soon as a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a brink. Ben, a companion in a prestigious legislations company, has turn into unpredictable at paintings and withdrawn at home—a switch that weighs seriously on his spouse, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in a single afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming flip, and every thing the Armsteads have equipped jointly unravels, quickly and spectacularly.
chase away into the operating global, Helen reveals a role in public family members and relocates with Sara from their domestic in upstate long island to an condominium in ny. There, Helen discovers she has an extraordinary present, crucial on the planet of snapshot regulate: she will persuade smug males to confess their blunders, spinning crises into moment probabilities. but redemption is extra simply granted in her specialist lifestyles than in her own one.
As she is faced with the largest case of her occupation, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s more and more far-off habit, Helen needs to face the bounds of responsibility and her personal means for forgiveness.
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74. 31. 'Du willst vor deinem Freunde kein Kleid tragen? Es soil deines Freundes Ehre sein, daS du dich ihm gibst, wie du bist? Aber er wunscht dich darum zum Teufel! ' Nietzsche, Zarathustra, p. 68. 32. Norman Stone, Europe Transformed (London: Fontana, 1983), p. 72. 33. Steven Aschheim, The Nietzsche Legacy, p. 128. See Aschheim's entire chapter entitled 'Zarathustra in the trenches', pp. 128-63. 34. Case 106J in Krafft-Ebing's Psi/chopathia Sexualis, p. 165. 3 Dorian Gray A question of identity If Nietzsche was, far more than is generally imagined, a 'womanly man', so also, legend has it, was Oscar Wilde.
29 Of course one could suggest that this desire for 'male naked beauty', however much it might have been frowned upon by his Christian father, was a desire precisely for this dead God, this absent father. In the (somewhat worryingly banal, medicalizing and personalizing) terms of psychoanalysis, Nietzsche's lack of a father might go some way to 'explaining' his alternating identifications with femininity and with a particularly misogynist form of masculinity as well as the passion for 'male naked beauty'.
Hyde enjoys 'drinking pleasure with bestial avidity from any degree of torture to another' (p. 86); Jekyll 'projected and shared in the pleasures and adventures of Hyde' (p. 89). Jekyll describes the delirious pleasure he (they) derived from violence: With a transport of glee, I mauled the unresisting body, tasting delight from every blow; and it was not till weariness had begun to succeed that I was suddenly, in the top fit of my delirium, struck through the heart by a cold thrill of terror. I ...